So, election day is over and the United States has a new president-elect. For malware writers, however, the election is not over yet! Here at Avert Labs we are still seeing seasonal election malwares. An interesting one just arrived: It is called BarackObama.exe of all things. What’s more, it has a American flag icon! How patriotic is that?
It turns out this BarackObama.exe is actually the familiar PWS-Banker Trojan, which steals passwords and other user data about bank accounts and sends the information to the malware writer. Another interesting point is that the bank target is not an American bank, but a bank in Peru.
So, it doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or Republican, the American election remains a nonpartisan opportunity for malware writers to get into your computer–using Barack Obama, John McCain, or even Ralph Nader.