Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/04/us_election_spam_results/

McCain pulls ahead in pharmaceutical spam

Taking the political temperature through the medium of penis-enlargement promises

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 4th November 2008 16:52 GMT

USA '08 Barack Obama is ahead not only in the polls but where it counts the most - in spam messages. However, his presidential rival John McCain can claim his own guaranteed enlarged small victory.

The Democrat candidate is the topic of 70 per cent more junk mail messages than his Republican counterpart overall. But McCain edges ahead by a ratio of five to four in one important category - pharmacy spam, according to stats from Secure Computing.

So based on the volume of penis-enlargement pill promises the senior senator from Arizona is well ahead of the Illinois whippersnapper.

Generally the news hooks used by spammers parallel those of VXers, but relatively little election-themed malware has emerged this election season. A campaign that punted malware in the guise of supposedly compromising images of Obama getting jiggy with a young Ukrainian strumpet was the one exception that proved the rule. The malware attempted to spread the Hupig-D Trojan, as explained in a blog posting by Sophos here. ®