Olympic malware poses as US Women's Gymnastics scandal video

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By Simplex IT | Monday, August 06, 2012, 09:31

A malware campaign has been spammed

out exploiting interest in the London Olympics which are currently

making headlines and filling TV schedules around the world.

The emails, which have been spammed out so far in limited numbers,

all have a subject line designed to entice sports fans into opening the

messages:

Huge scandal with the USA Women's Gymnastics Team on the 2012 London Olympics

Part of the email reads:

Recent Olympic gold medal winner, USA Women's Gymnastics winner

Gabrielle Douglas, faces a lifetime ban after reportedly testing

positive to banned diuretic furosemide. With details of the case still

emerging, British Olympics Committee has ordered a suspension of the

athlete until final results arrive.

View the video on youtube now

However, clicking on the link takes you not to the real YouTube

website, but a lookalike webpage that runs various pieces of JavaScript

code, and asks uses to download an Adobe Flash plugin to view the

content.

Sophos products detect the malware as Troj/Agent-XIK and Troj/JSRedir-IA.

As always, remember to think twice before following links in

unsolicited messages. And, if you really want to keep up-to-date with

the latest goings-on from the London Olympics, visit an established news

website for the headlines - don't trust an email that arrives in your

inbox out of the blue.

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