Early this month, news of the death of The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) second-in-command, Raul Reyes, circulated in the news. Reyes and 16 other members of the rebel group were killed during a predawn air strike by the Colombian Army against his camp near the border of Ecuador. Bloomberg further writes:
His death is likely to intensify a struggle for power within the half-century-old peasant movement to overthrow the government, said former Colombian President Ernesto Samper.
Certainly, this is another sensational news worthy of social engineering exploit by cyber criminals. TrendLabs received samples of spam email messages that claim to be from the popular Columbian news site Eltiempo.com. The said spam email tries to lure recipients into clicking links that promise videos and photos taken from the computer of Raul Reyes himself.
Of course, the links lead to a malicious Web site and result in the download of malware files, which Trend Micro detects as TROJ_AGENT.LAM. The related malicious URLs are already blocked by Trend Micro Web Reputation Services.
Just recently, malware authors banked on the “apparent death” of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to spread their malicious programs. Surely, malware authors have their noses up and constantly sniffing for next big news, to be used in their next social engineering ploy.