MCLEAN, Virginia, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Commtouch ® (NASDAQ: CTCH), a leading provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services, warns that cybercriminals are using the public interest in the election of Pope Francis as the latest bait in malware, phishing and spam attacks. Commtouch labs have identified a drive-by malware campaign that disguises as a bogus CNN breaking news alert.
The e-mail links to a manipulated Website that, when opened in the browser, infects the user's computer with the Blackhole Exploit Kit, a popular tool among cybercriminals to deliver various kinds of malware. Over the past 12 months, drive-by attacks - which use a link to an infected Web site instead of including the malware in the email attachment - have become a favorite delivery method for viruses and Trojans. The current campaign uses a fake sender email address consistently named "CNN Breaking News." The spam message usually contains subject lines such as:
- Opinion: Family sued new Pope. Exclusive!
- Opinion: New pope tries to shake off the past
- Opinion: Can New-Pope Benedict be Sued for the Sex Abuse Cases?
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