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Beware Fake Obama Websites

By: Absolute Team | 1/21/2009

Microsoft issued a warning about malware authors taking advantage of Inauguration Day by creating fake Obama websites to host the Waledec Trojan.

Barack Obama's name has been used by an increasing number of malware authors and spammers since he ran for the Presidency, with a whole new spate of social engineering tactics coming out for Inauguration Day.

As the Microsoft Malware blog shows, these cybercriminals have set up fake sites that mimic the official Barack Obama website, barackobama.com

As with any email you get from unknown sources, one of the tips you can use to make sure you don't end up on a fake website is to not click the links. Instead, go to your browser and type in the URL. Although real websites can be taken over to host malware, this way you are avoiding the social engineering tactics that attempt to catch you in your inbox.

Microsoft offers information on what to look for in fake websites, including URLs that include the words "direct", "online" or "great", and images such as these.

For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting Obama's Inauguration, I suggest you also take a look at the changes now visible on Whitehouse.gov. The nicest that website has ever looked! The transition was captured by CNet, along with the brief bugs apparent during the transition progress.