And we still have eight months to go...

Politics and hacking: They go together like peanut butter and jelly ' or like sewage and cholera. So it is inevitable that we will see a wealth of election-related e-mails and other tricks tempting political junkies to download malicious software.

Symantec's Security Response Weblog has reported one of the first of these, using Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton as bait. It offers what purports to be a link to a video of Clinton doing interviews for local news outlets in the wake of the Feb. 12 primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Needless to say, the link is a fraud.

The subject of the e-mail is 'Hillary Clinton Full Video!!!', and the body contains the text, 'Hillary Clinton visited her campaign headquarters in Virginia and did satellite interviews, looking beyond Tuesday's trio of contests and touting the importance of March 4 vote in Ohio.'

The link appears to take you to a google.com domain but in reality goes to a site in canotajetrilly.com and installs a Trojan downloader.

Remember: E-mail attacks such as these can morph quickly, and any subject line and message can serve to lure unsuspecting users to malicious sites.

So be a suspecting user.

Don't click on unsolicited links, even in an e-mail from a trusted address. You will have plenty of opportunities to see video of Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and even Ron Paul between now and Nov. 4

About the Author

William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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