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Assassination Fascination

Created: 27 Dec 2007 08:00:00 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:43:27 GMT
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t’s been less than 24 hours since the former Prime Minister ofPakistan was assassinated. As expected, the malware authors anddistributors have already begun exploiting the morbid curiosity aboutBenazir Bhutto's death as a lure to spread their malice.

A simple search with terms such as "pakistan prime ministerassassination" yields results that include pages like the one shownbelow:


As some would expect, clicking on some of these links will mean that the old (technique-wise) ActiveX message box will appear:


The problem with many of these links is that the ActiveX Object ismalicious. For example, following the link in the above image downloadsa malicious file hosted on a server in Denmark. The maliciousdownloaded file is detected by Symantec products as Trojan.Emcodec. It just goes to show, even death isn’t sacred to some.