New Sober worm variant detected

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 20 2005 @ 00:46 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Anti-virus experts warn for a new variant of the Sober worm that is spreading quickly over the internet. The new Sober.M worm sends e-mails with the subject line "I've got your e-mail on my account."

The whole mail is written in either bad English or German - possibly to deceive people the e-mail is not a virus. It contains a .zip file called your_text.zip, if a user opens the file the worm will send itself to all contact persons of the victim.

The worm also gathers e-mail addresses of victims and sends them back to its anonymous author. This is known as harvesting and these lists are mostly sold to spammers.

Read more at CNET


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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