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Websense Security Labs has discovered a substantial number of spam messages about VIP

July 2008 by Websense

Websense® Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network has discovered a substantial number of spam messages utilizing a social engineering tactic that lures users to download malicious software.

It is interesting to note and observe how quickly spammers react to the latest major online news updates, capitalizing on these events to achieve better success rates with their social engineering tactics. The recent media coverage discussing Osama Bin Laden seem to have prompted spammers to quickly recycle an old spam campaign. The messages include a link to a compromised site which contains an obfuscated JavaScript that tries to exploit a rather old vulnerability corresponding to Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC).

Regardless of whether the exploit succeeds or fails, the visitor is then redirected to a page showing a fake security warning encouraging users to download anti-spyware tools to repair their system. Spammers usually use this tactic to encourage users to install rogue applications. We have seen the same malicious executable used throughout different spam campaigns bearing following email subjects lines:

Jennifer Aniston Interesting mp3!!!
Clara Morgane Shocking photo!!!
Kylie Minogue Interesting video without cowards!!!
Demi Moore New sexy songs!!!
Avril Lavigne Shocking porno dvd!!!
Nicole Richie Kick-up cd!!!
Beyonce Shocking sexy songs!!!
Keira Knightley Gallery photo!!!
Britney Spears Interesting cd!!!

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