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MessageLabs Stops Over 2.7 million Copies of New Sober Virus

by Marianna Schmudlach / November 22, 2005 2:52 AM PST

November 22, 2005 - 17:00 GMT/ 12:00 ET - MessageLabs has intercepted over 2.7-million copies of a new Sober virus, many of which are being spoofed to appear as though they are sent from the FBI or the CIA. The first copy was stopped at 19:00 GMT on 21st November. The size of the attack indicates that this is a major offensive, certainly one of the largest in the last few months.

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These emails suggest to recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI or CIA and that they have accessed illegal Web sites. The email directs users to open the ZIP attachment containing the executable, which once opened delivers the Sober virus payload. It then spreads by searching the infected computer for other email addresses to send copies of itself to, but ignoring any domains for certain security organizations, including MessageLabs.

http://www.messagelabs.com/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_5885_476_319_-319_43/http%3B/0120-0176-CTC1/publishedcontent/publish/about_us_dotcom_en/news___events/press_releases/DA_139636.html

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