Major news events are often crafted into spam or malicious attacks as noted below:

Spam attack promotes false Charity Fund for Steve Jobs

QUOTE: Even after a few weeks following Steve Jobs’ death, spammers are still taking advantage of his demise. We have previously reported about this in the following blog entries:

This time, we received sample spammed messages promoting a supposed charity fund for young and gifted programmers and Web coders in honor of the late Apple co-founder.