Wednesday, November 5, 2008

US Presidential malware spam

From . . .

"Not a big surprise at all that a spam run distributing malware talking about Obama being elected the new US President started this morning (US time).

The link points to a website that looks like it contains a video and to view it the user has to download a new flash player, adobe_flash9.exe."

Installing that fake Adobe update releases a very nasty trojan with rootkit onto your computer.

Edit: suggests (in comments below) that users may be sure their Adobe products are updated safely by going directly to the source - rather than trust any pop up message announcing an update. This would work for Adobe Reader, Flash, Shockwave, Air, and Adobe Media Player. For Reader you can update from within the program itself. For other Adobe products, try and follow the free product links from their front home page.