Trojan Exploits Obama Presidential Win

by admin November 6, 2008 at 12:50 pm

President-elect Barack Obama is already targeted as the subject of a malicious malware campaign designed to steal information from infected computers.

Following Obama’s presidential victory Tuesday, malware authors were quick to create a Trojan exploiting the high volumes of Web traffic surrounding Obama, security experts said.

And so far, researchers say that spam capitalizing on Obama’s victory has experienced a sharp upward spike, comprising about 60 percent of all spam messages in what has become a globalized attack.

“The hackers are taking advantage of Obama-mania,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for SophosLabs. “So many people have been excited or interested in (the election), that they might be susceptible to it.”

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