In previous blog postings, I talked about politically themed online malicious activity, focusing on what we observed during the recent U.S. presidential election cycle. Even though the election itself has long since been over, we are continuing to see similar political themes in today’s attacks.
As anticipation builds around President Elect Barack Obama’s upcoming inauguration ceremony, Symantec’s Threat Intelligence team analyzed a new wave of malicious spam messages with a “Presidential theme” that found their way into one of our vast number of global sensors.
The corresponding emails have subjects and bodies similar to the following:
Subject: You must look at this!
Our new president has gone
Subject: Breaking news
Barack Obama refused to be the president of...