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Political campaign spoofing already underway

Created: 07 Nov 2007 • Updated: 18 Dec 2012
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Yesterday I discussed the possibility of Presidential campaigns being phished. This article in SC Magazine explains the criminal activity we already have seen in this arena.

The essence of the story is that anti-virus software vendor Webroot just in the past few days announced that is had detected malware attacks against major Presidential campaigns. Reports SC Magazine,

the campaign websites of Obama, a Democratic senator from Illinois, and Paul, a Republican representative from the 14th Congressional District of Texas, have been spoofed as part of online scams.

The article goes on to say,

"We initially saw these types of spoofs surrounding the Obama and Paul websites," Mike Irwin, Webroot chief operating officer, said Thursday in a news release. "But we are finding that the spoofs intensify at the end of the month and will expect to see them intensifying as the candidate sites begin to see more traffic during the later phases of the campaign or during major fundraising drives."

Victims found the fraudulent websites after misspelling candidates' names while using popular search engines, according to Webroot.