Thursday, November 06, 2008

Business Technology : Obama Takes Over Your Computer

Sign of the times…

Cyber criminals sent out millions of emails Wednesday touting Barack Obama’s electoral victory in an attempt to take over people’s computers.

The emails invite recipients to watch an “amazing” speech that Obama supposedly gave Wednesday. Clicking on the link provided takes people to a Web site that looks like one operated by the State Department, but is really operated by cyber criminals. In order to watch the speech, visitors are instructed to download the latest version of Adobe’s Flash video player – the most common video technology on the Internet, and a prompt most people have received in the past. In reality, the file is a piece of software that allows the cyber criminal to take over someone’s computer, and do things like steal personal information stored there or make the computer send out unsolicited spam emails.

Business Technology : Obama Takes Over Your Computer

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