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Sober worm celebrates Nazi anniversary

by Nikola Strahija on December 7th, 2005 iDefense warns that the next Sober worm attack will take place on 5 January, which is the 87th anniversary of the Nazi party founding.

It gained the information by breaking encrypted code in the latest version of Sober which dominated the November anti-virus ratings. According to iDefense, the November 22 variant is designed to download an unknown payload of code on January 5, 2006.

As reported last month, Sober accounted for one in every 13 emails sent and 42.9 per cent of all viruses reported to Sophos in the November threat chart.

Regarding the apparently political timing of the next expected assault, Joe Payne, vice president of VeriSign iDefense, said: -This discovery emphasizes the ever-present and often underestimated threat of 'hacktivism' - combining malicious code with political causes. Exposing this latest variant required technical and geopolitical analysis that connected the dots to give enterprises and home users plenty of time to shore up their defenses.’

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