Barracuda Labs recently intercepted the following spam message, which demonstrates that cybercriminals never miss a beat and are currently trying to capitalize on the buzz surrounding the gymnast’s gold medal performance last week:
Subject: Huge scandal with the USA Women’s Gymnastics Team on the 2012 London Olympics
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
Upon following the link, users will not be directed to YouTube.com, but a compromised third-party website dressed up to look like the popular video-sharing website.
In order to watch the [non-existent] video, users will be prompted to download a fake Flash Player update (adobe-flashplayer-update.exe), which is actually malware in hiding. Barracuda Labs identified the malware associated with this spam attack as a member of the Trojan.Clicker family.
This attack is only one of many ways cybercriminals have been looking to cash in on the Olympic games. In addition to pumping out malware-laced spam emails, cybercrooks have also taken to registering garbage Olympic domain names in order to generate revenue via advertisements and TV-to-PC scams.
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