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November 23, 2005

New Virus Mail Masquerades as Law Enforcement Source

Virus writers are expanding beyond the usual bank and web site scam mail that populates in boxes with mail that purports to come from the CIA, FBI, or the Bundeskriminalamt, which is the closest German equivalent of the FBI.  The Sober.w worm, also known as the Sober.x and Sober.z worms by various security companies, comes as an attachment to messages that claim law enforcement agencies have logged an IP address which has visited illegal sites and demand that the user open the attached zip file and answer the questions it contains.  The FBI has issued a statement that it does not contact individuals through unsolicited emails.  The CIA warns users with a similar statement at its main page.  More details on this are at Infoworld here.

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