F-Secure Cautions about Fresh Olympic-themed Spam
F-Secure the security company based in Finland has recently cautioned that spam mails themed on the Olympics are targeting Internauts while carrying web-links to one malevolent PDF file apparently giving the Games' schedule but actually impacting earlier editions of Adobe's Acrobat as well as Reader.
Sean Sullivan, Security Researcher at F-Secure lately stated that the malicious program became noticeable as it harvested for documents through which executables were being dropped. Theinquirer.net published this on May 29, 2012.
Explaining how a PDF attack code works, Sullivan stated that it first launched Adobe Reader software that would collapse followed with contaminating the computer via the planting of a backdoor, which would let the attacker gain remote access. Subsequently, one sanitized decoy would be launched as the assault's next stage.
In the current instance, the decoy reflected the 2012 London Olympics agenda around October 2012. One could even now find the PDF exploit's actual source from london2012.com, Sullivan added.
Reportedly, the attack code, behind the screen, tried to link up with a Chinese Web-domain that possibly served malware once alternatively hadn't still begun doing so.
Suggesting precautionary measures, Sullivan stated that one, Internauts must know about the latest events, in particular, Olympic themed e-mails, which contained web-links and/or attachments. Two, for those not yet possessing the Adobe Reader latest edition, must get it right away, the researcher said. F-secure.com published this dated May 28, 2012.
Worryingly, it's because of the above kinds of malware-laden junk e-mails that there's so much of malware on the Net, according to F-Secure. The company's remark received the backing of statistical figures from McAfee another security company, which recently released its Q1-2012 report. That report reveals that already 8m fresh malicious software items have been identified suggesting the unrelenting effort of malware writers towards developing new wares.
Eventually, Olympic-related malware scams aren't unprecedented. During the 4th-week of April 2012, Trend Micro yet another security company alerted Internet-users to harmful spam mails, which promised for winning an opportunity towards witnessing the inaugural alternatively concluding functions of the upcoming 2012 Olympics that, however, dropped malware, which could capture an end-user's private data.
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