It’s pretty obvious that the Olympics is a huge deal, given the amount of coverage and media attention that has been given to it over the past few days. As usual, cyber criminals are hopping on this trend and using it to their advantage to try and scam a few people while the Olympics’ iron is hot.
The latest of these has to do something with Gabby Douglas, who’s part of the USA’s Women’s Gymnastics Team. Douglas just took home two gold medals in Women’s Gymnastics in the games, so she’s been on the news lately. So it really would be surprising if you came across news that she actually tested positive for doping.
That bit of news is completely false, by the way. But if you got an email talking about it and pointing you to a video with more information before you were aware of that fact, then you’d probably bite, wouldn’t you? Here’s what the email says:
Recent Olympic gold medal winner, USA Women’s Gymnastics winner Gabrielle Douglas, faces a lifetime ban after reportedly testing positive to banned diuretic furosemide. With details of the case still emerging, British Olympics Committee has ordered a suspension of the athlete until final results arrive. View the video on youtube now.
Clicking over to the link directs you to a fake YouTube video page, which will ask you to download an equally fake Adobe Flash plug-in so you can view the video. If you do download it, a Trojan identified as Troj/Agent-XIK and Troj/JSRedir-IA will be installed on your machine.
Here are two other scams related to the Olympics that began making the rounds before the entire event began:
- Olympics Tickets Scam. This scam works by sending users emails warning about Olympics-related scams in the first place. They then ask the recipients to download an attached .DOC file that contains a list of authorized ticket sellers, which actually carries a malicious file TROJ_ARTIEF.ZIGS.
- Fake Olympics Lotteries. This scam operates by sending random people notifications that they won a prize in the Olympics lottery. The thing is, no such lottery exists, and when the ‘winners’ try to open the attached file to learn how to claim their prize, their computer will then be infected with malware.