Hackers are using Barack Obama's election victory as a way to spread a malicious Trojan horse virus that will steal personal information to be used in ID theft, warns security vendor Sophos.

Sophos said web users across the globe are receiving emails from '[email protected]'. With subject lines such as 'Obama win preferred in world poll', the emails claim to have further information on the president-elect and his victory. The messages also contain links to a web page that instructs visitors to download 'Adobe Flash 9' to view a video of Obama making an "amazing speech".

However if net users download this file, their computer will be infected with the Mal/Behav-027 Trojan horse. The malware will take screenshots, look for passwords and submit the information back to a web server located in Kiev, Ukraine to be used by cyber criminals.

"Barack Obama is undoubtedly the most famous person on the planet right now, but email users who are eager to get the latest scoop on Obama's monumental presidential win should be careful that they are not being tricked by conniving cybercriminals," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

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