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Fake Monopoly Game Downloader


Threat Type: Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code

Websense® Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network discovered a new spam campaign that is targeting players of the Monopoly game.

The Monopoly World Championships take place every four years, and Las Vegas is the host city of 2009. Because the Monopoly Regional Championships are going on all over the world and many Monopoly enthusiasts take part, the spammers utilize this chance to play their tricks.

Our email honeypot systems detected over 30 thousand Monopoly spam messages on September 21, 2009 alone. The spam uses a social networking technique to "invite" you to play the online board game. It then provides a link to the fake Monopoly game download site, which in fact downloads a Trojan.

Screenshot of the email message: 


Screenshot of the rogue download site: 


Websense Messaging and Websense Web Security customers are protected against this attack.