The president-elect’s first malware campaign

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

And so it begins.

The tickertape from Barack Obama’s celebratory party has probably not even been swept up yet, but the hackers have wasted no time in launching a malware campaign.

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Experts at Sophos have discovered a widespread spam attack, claiming to contain a link to news about the new president.

The emails, which have subject lines such as “Obama win preferred in world poll” and claim to come from news@president.com, have accounted for approximately 60% of all malicious spam seen by SophosLabs in the last hour.

Clicking on the link, however, takes internet users to a webpage which insists you…

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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.