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Notice that your Internet’s been a little slow lately? A cyber fight between an anti-spam group and a Dutch Internet company has spiraled so far out of control that it’s threatening the infrastructure of the Internet and clogging connectivity for everyday web users, including those–gasp–trying to access Netflix.
SophosLabs reports that malware attacks tend to surge near major elections and the most recent is calculated to pull in anxious voters on either side of the political spectrum; a malicious email purporting to come from CNN declaring “CNN Breaking News–Mitt Romney Almost President.”
In a post on their NakedSecurity blog, Sophos explains why no one should click a link from an email like this:
Turns out, cybercriminals can bring home some decent money, after all–at least until someone catches on and shuts down their latest revenue stream. After some reverse-engineering, the sleuths at Symantec have puzzled out the motivation behind the Mac Flashback botnet: Stealing Google’s ad revenue. Because, as a clever man once said, that’s where the money is.