Malware Authors Jumping on the Obama Bandwagon

The New Acunetix V12 Engine


No surprise here, the malware authors are leveraging on the social engineering aspect of the US presidential elections.

In less than half a day Google Adwords adverts and custom malware was popping up conning users into a sense of security by using Obama’s name.

Malware purveyors have wasted no time capitalizing on Barack Obama’s landslide victory in the US presidential race. Within 12 hours of his acceptance speech Tuesday night, net users were being treated to scams involving Google AdWords and prodigious volumes of spam.

The spam comes masked as dispatches from legitimate news sources, including the BBC and CNN, and invite readers to click a link to view a video of Obama accepting his country’s vote. Those who take the bait are sent to a spoof page of the news site that claims they need to update their Adobe Flash Player before viewing the speech.

It seems to be a generic trojan/rootkit aiming for banking details, it’s just a new vector for installation.

I guess a lot of people will fall for it though with the election fever hitting all around the World, not just in USA. Everyone is going Obama crazy!

In fact, Adobe_flash9.exe installs the notorious Trojan-PSW:W32/Papras.CL, according to anti-virus provider F-Secure. Earlier Wednesday, just 14 of the 36 major anti-virus programs detected the trojan, according to this analysis from VirusTotal. Once installed, the malware, which cloaks itself in a rootkit, logs passwords for bank sites and other sensitive information and sends them to a server located in Ukraine.

The fraudulent news sites are being hosted on a fast-flux network of infected machines, according to this analysis by the CyberCrime & Doing Time blog. Cloudmark, a company that provides spam filtering service, has already seen more than 10 million of the spam messages, according to the Zero Day blog.

Anyway just let the non-tech savvy amongst the people you know that this is going on and that they are likely to get e-mails or messages about Obama pretending to be from legitimate sources.

Under no circumstance should they follow the link and especially don’t install any flash or other software updates from such sites.

Source: The Register

Posted in: Malware, Social Engineering, Spammers & Scammers


Latest Posts:


Malcom - Malware Communication Analyzer Malcom – Malware Communication Analyzer
Malcom is a Malware Communication Analyzer designed to analyze a system's network communication using graphical representations of network traffic.
WepAttack - WLAN 802.11 WEP Key Hacking Tool WepAttack – WLAN 802.11 WEP Key Hacking Tool
WepAttack is a WLAN open source Linux WEP key hacking tool for breaking 802.11 WEP keys using a wordlist based dictionary attack.
Eraser - Windows Secure Erase Hard Drive Wiper Eraser – Windows Secure Erase Hard Drive Wiper
Eraser is a hard drive wiper for Windows which allows you to run a secure erase and completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
Insecure software versions are a problem Web Security Stats Show XSS & Outdated Software Are Major Problems
Netsparker just published some anonymized Web Security Stats about the security vulnerabilities their online solution identified on their users’ web applications and web services during the last 3 years.
CTFR - Abuse Certificate Transparency Logs For HTTPS Subdomains CTFR – Abuse Certificate Transparency Logs For HTTPS Subdomains
CTFR is a Python-based tool to Abuse Certificate Transparency Logs to get subdomains from a HTTPS website in a few seconds.
testssl.sh - Test SSL Security Including Ciphers, Protocols & Detect Flaws testssl.sh – Test SSL Security Including Ciphers, Protocols & Detect Flaws
testssl.sh is a free command line tool to test SSL security, it checks a server's service on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols as well as recent cryptographic flaws and more.


One Response to Malware Authors Jumping on the Obama Bandwagon

  1. navin November 6, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    oh -bama

    after fraudulent calls made to people asking for campaign donations in Obama’s name….it was only a matter of time till online scams started taking effect

    WE NEED CHANGE!! :)