In addition to the world’s best athletes and sports fans, the 2008 Olympic Games are bringing out the spammers.
A new spam attack is aimed at sporting organizations that work with Olympic athletes, according to MessageLabs.
Big news or other subjects of global interest are often used to get people to open malicious e-mails. “A lot of malware attacks like to use news hooks to get people to open the e-mails,” said Paul Woods, senior analyst at MessageLabs. “We’ve seen attacks specifically targeted at national sporting organizations that are involved with the Olympics in some way.”
“The PDF opens just like a press release, which these organizations are used to getting at this time,” Woods added.
Woods would not say which organizations had been attacked, but did say that they are firms that work directly with Olympics-related sporting issues.
Although the initial PDF is blank, when opened it contains similar information to the press release used in the e-mail body to convince the user that it is genuine.