NFL Season Kicks Off… With a New Virus

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The NFL season just began, and the virus writers are already hard at work trying to turn it to their advantage. This weekend, Commtouch labs identified an outbreak of NFL-related spam messages with links to a malware site. The content of the messages varied along this theme: “Football is back, Life may resume again! Never miss a game again, and know all the stats….” The website hyperlinks within the messages used varying IP addresses; Commtouch measured dozens of different sites (in the format of IP addresses) during a single hour of the attack. The website itself looks like an official NFL site, complete with NFL logo, and it contains links to a “Free NFL Game Tracker” and additional links to order tickets to various games. However all the links on the page lead to a file called “tracker.exe,” a malware exploit.

NFL Tracker Virus Web Site Sample

Unlike the recent YouTube scam, where users were infected simply by visiting the malware site in a “drive-by,” in this case the virus writers are not trying to hide the fact that a download is necessary; they are pitching their wares as a download that users will find useful, an NFL game tracker.

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