Users usually receive an email from what seems a legitimate news sources such as CNN and BBC, inviting users to see the speech of Barack Obama on their website. The content of the email is the following:
Barack Obama Elected 44th President of United States
Barack Obama, unknown to most Americans just four years ago, will become the 44th president and the first African-American president of the United States.
Watch His amazing speech at November 5!
Proceed to the election results news page>>
2008 American Government Official Website
This site delivers information about current U.S. Foreign policy and about American life and culture.
And senders are usually:
The email contains a link to a fake website, which prompts the users to update their Flash player in order to see the speech. Of course, the update is actually a Trojan.
Screen shots of the email and fake website, from F-Secure:
Papras is an information stealing Trojan, trying to get a hold of logins and passwords among others. This Trojan is detected by only 14 of the 36 major anti-virus programs.
 “Obama-themed malware mauls world+dog”, Dan Goodin, The Register, November 5, 2008, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/05/obama_malware_attacks/ (accessed November 6, 2008)
 “Computer Virus masquerades as Obama Acceptance Speech Video”, Gary Warner, CyberCrime & Doing Time, November 5, 2008, http://garwarner.blogspot.com/2008/11/computer-virus-masquerades-as-obama.html (accessed on November 6, 2008)
 “US Presidential Malware”, F-Secure, November 5, 2008, http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001530.html (accessed on November 6, 2008)