Cybercriminals are using a non-existant video that claims to show Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton exchanging money with an Islamic State (IS) leader to distribute malicious spam emails.
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The email's subject announces "Clinton Deal IS Leader caught on Video".
There is no video in the email which contains Adwind cross-platform remote access Trojan, global cyber security leader Symantec alerted on Thursday.
The email also discusses voting and asks recipients to "decide on who to vote [for]" after watching the non-existent clip.
The spam email signs off with the name of an unknown group called "Lets Save America" and a #letssaveUSA hashtag.
If the attached malware to the email gets executed, the recipient is infected with a Java remote access Trojan (RAT) that Symantec detects as Backdoor.Adwind.
It also drops a Visual Basic Script (VBS) file that allows the malware to determine which antivirus and firewall software is running on the compromised computer.
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The Adwind RAT is multi-functional and cross-platform, making it possible to infect Windows, Mac, Linux and Android operating systems.