Malware writers are always looking out for, and waiting for any event or a special occasion to push malicious code, spam or phishing mail to gullible computer users; and it is no different with Olympic games 2012 taking place.
Some of these malicious mail try to push malware on your computer or try and steal your identity with prize award and such bogus notifications.
One such common email uses airplane tickets as decoys. It may say that you have won free tickets to the London Olympic 2012 Games and wants you to download the attached ‘airplane tickets’ which in fact is malware.
If you have received such mail and opened any attachment enclosed with these emails, your Windows computer may have been infected with the Olympic Fever malware.
The attachments could be generic downloaders, which once installed may connect to the Internet and install more dangerous malware.
This very same malicious code – in the document format, als targets Microsoft Office users and in fact has also been uploaded to different file-sharing sites, and appear in search results, thereby increasing the reach of this malicious campaign.
BitDefender has released the Olympic malware Removal Tool which will help you remove all such Olympic malware. It is a free and a stand-alone tool and you can download it from its HotForSecurity blog.
So if you do happen to get ‘free airline tickets’ or intimations at winning some 1 million GBP, simply junk such mail – rest assured no such freebies are being offered!
Additional reading: Malware Removal Guide.