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al Qaeda News Spam: A Malware Diversionary Tactic

July 31, 2008

Malware criminals seem to never run out of tricks.

This time they seem to have spun off sensational (but fake) news about the current Iraqi conflict. Advanced Threats Researcher Paul Ferguson recently encountered the following spam mail:

The spam even goes on to discuss all the past diversionary (and equally terroristic) attacks allegedly linked to Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, perhaps to raise the level of emotion required for users to throw all caution to the wind. After enumerating all these terrorist activities, the spam includes the link it introduced in the first paragraph with the enticing interview appearance of Osama Bin Laden. Users are cautioned to not let their curiosity get the best of them.

More: http://blog.trendmicro.com/

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