Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Beware of Email from FBI!

And if the Bush administration was not an emasculated puppy, pretty well incapable of doing anything besides wetting on the rug or sending the military off to kill 100k+ civilians of a country that was not a threat to the US, you would probably have to worry about an Email from the FBI.

But in this case the email is a phony.

The FBI is not after you.

It's a virus and a pretty bad one.

Yes, Sony can breathe easy as computer people now have something to talk about that's worse than the spyware they put on their cds.

The bogus e-mail claims the government has discovered you visiting "illegal" Web sites and asks you to open an attachment to answer some official questions. If you do, your computer gets infected with malware that can disable security and firewall programs and blast out similar e-mails to contacts in your address book. It can also keep you from getting to computer security Web sites that might help fix the problem, and it may open your Windows computer to intruders who can steal your personal data.

The worm -- named "Sober X" -- has spread so far so fast that the CIA and the FBI put prominent warnings on their Web sites making clear that they did not send out the e-mail and urging people to not open the attachment.

..."This particular virus is a mass-mailer worm and is the largest one we have seen this year," said Alfred A. Huger, senior director of engineering at Symantec Corp., which sells Norton AntiVirus software. "It's as bad as it gets. With this particular type of virus on your system, there is a high probability that your personal information will be stolen."

Computer Worm Poses as E-Mail From FBI, CIA


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