Antivirus software maker Sophos today discovered attackers have launched a Web campaign of their own that aims to exploit the senator's presidential victory. And it's rather nasty.According to Sophos, this malware may have reached as much as 80% of all of the malicious spam that flowed through Sophos Labs today.
According to the company, targeted users first get a spam e-mail proclaiming the Obama win, and it asks users to visit a bogus election results Web site. Users are then asked to download what looks to be a movie to watch Obama's "amazing speech." Instead of a video of Obama's speech in Chicago last night, visitors are instead infected with a Trojan horse/backdoor which can be remotely controlled by the attacker.
In an e-mail to InformationWeek, a Sophos spokesperson also noted that the malware:
Contains rootkit technology to conceal itself Is designed to steal information from an infected computer Also has general "backdoor" functionality Spies on user's keyboard and mouse inputs and can take screenshots Looks for passwords
It submits the information it needs to a Web server located in Kiev, Ukraine.
Sophos has more information here, on its research blog.