Has Barack Obama refused to be president? No, it’s malware

Graham Cluley

As described by Richard Cohen on the SophosLabs blog, this weekend saw a major malicious spam campaign posing as news that Barack Obama was refusing to become President of the United States.

There are many versions of the email using different subject lines and linking to a variety of different websites. Subject lines have included “It is amazing!”, “What will be with our country?”, “Haven’t you heard latest news about our president-elect?”, “End-time for USA”, and “Who will be our president now?”. Here is one example of an email sent by the hackers:

Clicking on the link is, of course, not a good idea. You’ll be taken to a website which has done a good job of cloning the genuine Barack Obama website, but contains one extra news story in less-than-perfect English:

Barack Obama’s inauguration that was planned on 20th January 2009 is under the threat of failure. On the Eve of Inauguration Day…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.