Adding to the ever-increasing wave of post-election spam runs, we have recently received reports of yet more U.S. election-related threats. This time, spam messages promoting the (bogus) Canadian pharmacy are sent with sensational, and somewhat offensive, news about Barack Obama and John McCain as message subjects.
Here are a couple of email sample screenshots:
Figure 1.The sensationalized subjects are used to lure recipients into opening the spammed message
Figure 2.In true spammer fashion, the names of both candidates are notably misspelled
In the past, we have reported many spam runs that banked on the popularity of both the Democrat and Republican candidates. As most people consider this election as one for the books, it also is an event impossible for spammers to ignore, knowing that it would take time before the news would die out. Especially in the coming months, as president-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration in January draws near, spammers are sure to leverage these events even more.
Rest assured, Trend Micro will always be on the lookout for such attacks so users need not worry of getting any of these preposterous spammed messages. For now, Trend Micro Smart Protection Network already blocks the aforementioned spam before reaching users’ inboxes.
Below are just some of the politics-related spam and malware attacks we’ve seen recently. These are clear indications of spammers’ and other cyber criminals’ keen interest on using politics to lure victims into their malicious schemes:
- U.S. Presidency Race Ends, New Spam Run Begins
- US Elections: Notable Threats
- Celebrities and Politicians Running Afoul of Hackers