Trend Micro Warns of Jeremy Lin Malware Campaign


Researchers at Trend Micro have uncovered a new spam campaign that trades on NBA star Jeremy Lin's growing popularity.

"The latest series of emails advertises the story of Jeremy Lin and comes with a Microsoft Word document entitled 'The incredible story of Jeremy Lin the NBA new superstar.doc,' identified by Trend Micro as Troj_Artief.LN," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "This piece of malware exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Office that was patched up by the Redmond company at the end of 2010. If the exploit is successful, a payload is dropped in the form of a backdoor named Bkdr_Meciv.LN."

"Once it steps into play, the malevolent element sends back information to its command and control server, including MAC address, IP, operating system version, language settings and a campaign code that allows the cybercriminals to track their attacks," Kovacs writes.

Go to "Jeremy Lin Malware Exploits Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office" to read the details.

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