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New Worms Claim They're Clean

by Donna Buenaventura / April 5, 2004 10:05 PM PDT

New versions of the Sober and Netsky worms started spreading over the weekend, said security firms, and although they closely resemble earlier editions, they use a new social engineering twist to sneak by users.

Both Sober.f and Netsky.s arrive as file attachments in E-mail messages that sometimes claim that they've been scanned for viruses, and that no malicious code has been detected.

"The ploy of adding a 'No virus found' message at the bottom of the E-mail is deliberately designed to appeal to those who are too impatient to practice safe computing," Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at anti-virus vendor Sophos, said in a statement.


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