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Lunar eclipse spam warning

Forcepoint : 21 February, 2008  (Technical Article)
A spate of spam tempting users to run a video of the event contains malicious code which has the ability to extract information from victim computers.
Websense Security Labs has discovered a run of spam emails that attempt to dupe users into downloading and installing a video of the solar eclipse. We have also seen similar blocks of spam purporting to contain videos of movie stars, singers, and other entertainers.

Sample subject lines include:.

Lunar Eclipse Video; Your guide to the total lunar eclipse; Shocking video with Total moon eclipse; Total Moon Eclipse Video on NASA TV; Moon Eclipse is visible today

If users access any of the various Web sites hosting the malicious code, and attempt to view the video, they are infected with an information-stealing Trojan Horse. There is no exploit code hosted on the sites. Users are prompted to confirm that they want to run the code.
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