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Beware! Obama's speech can spam your PC

Think before you click on a link to listen to the speech of Barack Obama, the first Black US-President elect as the speech may contain virus which can infect your computer.

delhi Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:33 IST

Think before you click on a link to listen to the speech of Barack Obama, the first Black US-President elect as the speech may contain virus which can infect your computer, a security firm has warned.

Within hours of Obama delivering his acceptance speech, spam messages inviting readers to view Obamas speech started circulating on the web to spread malware, a report by cyber security firm Tren Micro said.

Amit Nath, Country Manager - India & SAARC, Trend Micro said, "The spam which has so far affected computers in China, US and Japan, may come with a subject line like, 'Election Night Results', 'Priorities for the New President' or 'Fear of a Black President'.

The modus operandi of infecting is quite stealthy and may infect computers of several gullible users. The email invites readers to click on a link which leads them to a make-believe website 'America.Gov'.

A Trend Micro researcher further pointed out that the spam was run by the same group that had send fake bank certificate spam (targeting Wachovia, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and a German banks account holders).