Security firm F-Secure has reported that a PDF claiming to be the 2012 Olympic schedule is actually a decoy file.
Once downloaded, the file attempts to make network connections to a Chinese site called Baotoushi.
The PDF exploits CVE-2010-2883, which affects older versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat. The firm suggests downloading the current version of these programs and to be wary of any ‘current event’ themed e-mails that have attachments and/or links.
F-Secure explains on its site that a typical PDF exploit will launch a clean decoy as part of its attack; in this case the decoy is a copy of the London 2012 Olympic schedule circa October 2010. The original source PDF can still be found online at london2012.com.
For more information about the malware visit F-Secure.
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