Malware attack tied to fake Romney victory post

The political season is prime time for internet scammers. While it seems every politician on earth is reaching out to you, the major news networks are not doing so.

Chester Wisniewski, Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada, provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics. On October 11th his post on nakedsecurity warned of the danger in opening an email with the subject line  “CNN Breaking News – Mitt Romney Almost President”.

If you are curious about how malware works with your computer, visit the post. Here’s an excerpt:

Even if you decide news about the presidential election isn’t your cup of tea, all of the other tantalizing stories promoted in this email link to the same content, but not content on CNN.com.

The links all follow the standard Blackhole exploit kit formula. The link in the email takes you to a page that directs you to some nasty JavaScript found on other sites controlled by the attackers…

Scammers never pass up an opportunity to con people when there is enough public interest in a news topic. If you want the latest dirt on what the campaigns are up to, stick with the “usual suspects” and go directly to their websites.

While it may seem like the news is coming to you via email, Twitter, Facebook and other push technologies, more often than not it is just another scam.

Mr. Wisniewski’s post details ways you can avoid this and other scams. When in doubt, don’t open unsolicited emails and never click on the links they contain.

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