November 5, 2008 By Casey Mayville
The polls have been closed for less than 24 hours, and already hackers are launching a new malware campaign. Using the president-elect's name to draw people in, the e-mail messages contain subject lines such as "Obama win preferred in world poll" and claims to be from firstname.lastname@example.org. After the message is opened, there is a link that purports to take the user to news about the new president. Once the link is clicked, the user is prompted to download Adobe Flash 9 to view a video of Obama president making a speech. If the bogus Adobe Flash player is downloaded, a malicious Trojan horse infects the computer.
SophosLabs identified this malware as Mal/Behav-027, and it has accounted recently for nearly 60 percent of malicious spam. Owners with infected computers will find that their data has been compromised, and they could potentially even have their identity stolen. Sophos experts said the malicious Trojan horse incorporates the following characteristics:
Users of anti-virus products should check to see if updates have been made to protect against this new malware.