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Scammers are pushing out malware by leveraging the hype around the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and the potential for doping disgraces. Usually with the subject "Huge scandal with the USA Women's Gymnastics Team on the 2012 London Olympics" this spam e-mail claims Gabrielle Douglas, who won a Gold Medal in Women's Gymnastics All Around, faces a lifetime ban from the sport. This is not true, and the goal here is to infect your computer with malware. The e-mail urges you to click on a supposed YouTube link to watch a video. Sophos, which first reported on this spam, detects the malware as Troj/Agent-XIK and Troj/JSRedir-IA.

As a general word of caution, never blindly open attachments or links in e-mails. Also never forward e-mails, whether you think they are true or not. Spammers use e-mail chain letters to collect e-mail addresses for sending you junk mail as well as malware.

Cross-posted from: ZD Net



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