By Dan Ilett, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: February 23, 2005, 9:26 AM PT
An e-mail worm promising explicit pictures of hotel heiress Paris Hilton is spreading widely, antivirus experts warned on Wednesday.
The mass-mailing worm, Sober.K, is currently the third most commonly encountered virus, making up 10 percent of all viruses detected in the last 24 hours, Sophos reported.
"This latest variant of the Sober worm may catch out the unwary as they open their e-mail in-box," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
"Although much-publicized virus outbreaks in the past should have made users more nervous of double-clicking on unsolicited e-mail attachments, some still find it hard to resist," he added. "All users should be reminded to follow safe computing guidelines, and PCs should be kept automatically updated with the latest antivirus protection."
The new Sober variant sends itself in German and English, using a variety of subject lines, including "Paris Hilton, pure!" and "Paris Hilton SexVideos."