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Sober.x from FBI

by Nikola Strahija on November 24th, 2005 Hackers really don't stop for nothing. The newest menace they’ve invented is a bogus FBI e-mail, which comes with an enclosed Sober.x worm. The FBI has put out an official warning.

The FBI advised computer users that the agency never sends unsolicited e-mails and that they should not open the attachments, which contains Sober.x - a variant that has now be given a "high risk" rating by security experts Secunia.

Bogus e-mail scares recipients that FBI has monitored their Internet and that they have found that illegal Web sites were accessed. The e-mail further advises recipients to open the attachment and answer the enclosed questions. E-mails are signed with a fake FBI official name, but have the real address and phone number. The e-mails come from various addresses including [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]

Catherine Milhoan, an FBI spokeswoman, said that recipients of the hoax e-mails began calling the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center yesterday to ask if they were legitimate. About 4,000 calls were received by last night, with some callers saying they had already clicked on the attachment. Others were cautious and wanted to check with the FBI before opening the attachment.

An investigation into the incident is continuing.

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