In the weeks that followed President-elect Barack Obama's victory, spammers wasted no time in jumping on the Presidential bandwagon. In fact, reports showed that about 60 percent of total global spam capitalized on Obama's name in malicious, globalized attacks following the election. One particularly successful malware campaign enticed users to click on a video codec of Obama's acceptance speech. Once users opened the link, however, a Web site linked to a file called adobe_flash_exe, a malicious downloader designed to distribute an information-stealing Trojan on the unsuspecting victim's computer. Once downloaded, a rootkit then sent victim's personal and financial data to numerous command and control centers and their computer was incorporated in a malicious botnet created to spew spam and malware.
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