11/5/2008
07:13 PM
George V. Hulme
George V. Hulme
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Malware Attack Riding Coattails Of Obama Win

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.



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.

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