Hackers exploit Bhutto assassination

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Within hours of former Pakistani Prime Minster Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on the 28th of December; many hackers exploited her death by creating a trojan horse, said analysts from Symantec, McAffe and WebSense.

Users trying to find the latest news about Benizar Bhutto’s assassination and the current unrest in Pakistan were then promised video about it but needed to download a codec.

WebSense managed to find a site carrying the trojan on Google; with McAffe finding 10 sites hosted on Blogger, Google’s blog hosting service.

Downloading the “codec” instead download a variant of the Zlob trojan horse. “Even death isn’t sacred to some,” said Vikram Thakur, one of Symantec’s researchers, on the company’s security response blog.

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