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      Arrow Virus Alert: Sober.p Prevention And Cure


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      VIRUS ALERT: SOBER.P PREVENTION AND CURE [COLOR=Red]

      VIRUS NAME: Sober.p (w32.sober.p@mm)

      RANK: Medium risk

      TYPE: virus (German and English versions)

      WHAT IT DOES: Sends e-mail

      MEANS OF TRANSMISSION:
      Sober.p travels via e-mail and uses ZIP file attachments
      to hide an infected PIF file within. Users of Linux, the
      Mac OS, and UNIX are not affected by this outbreak.

      HOW TO RECOGNIZE:
      German-language speakers will see e-mail advertising World
      Cup soccer tickets, while English-language speakers will see
      messages informing them that their e-mail could not be
      delivered (among other variations).

      WHO IS AT RISK:
      Windows users. Because Sober.p spreads via e-mail and
      does no other damage, this virus is rated a 4 out of 10 on
      the CNET Virus Meter

      VIRUS BRIEF
      Bilingual viruses are not new, nor is the Sober family of viruses. But
      someone has once again put the two concepts together and created the
      sixteenth variation of Sober, Sober.p--W32.sober.p@mm, also known as
      sober.n (Sophos), sober.o (Symantec), and sober.s (Trend Micro).

      For details see Sober.p prevention and cure
      http://ct.techrepublic.com.com/click...hrepublic&ds=5


      and Sober worm variant makes the rounds.
      http://ct.techrepublic.com.com/click...hrepublic&ds=5
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      Soccer fans beware: Virus a click away. Virus writers use World Cup tickets as bait


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      Soccer fans beware: Virus a click away
      Computer virus writers use World Cup tickets as bait


      By Marsha Walton
      CNN

      Wednesday, May 4, 2005 Posted: 1:56 PM EDT (1756 GMT)

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      • Experts: Cyber-crime bigger threat than cyber-terror
      • Interactive: Spam and virus trends
      • Uncertain state of security
      • Protecting the office from cyber-attack

      Computer Worm

      Soccer

      (CNN) -- It's the oldest trick in the virus writer's handbook.

      Promise free stuff and they will click.


      Around the world, and especially in Europe, soccer fans are falling for an e-mail promise of free tickets to the 2006 World Cup finals in Berlin, Germany.

      The computer worm, known as Sober-N, was identified on Monday, and has been spreading dramatically.

      "Essentially, it is doing classic social engineering," said Gregg Mastoras, a senior security analyst at the anti-virus company Sophos.

      Sober-N is spreading in both English and German, with the German version disguised as a successful confirmation of a ticket order to the 2006 World Cup, among the biggest sporting events in the world. Computer users are asked to click on an attachment for more information. The English version is not soccer related, instead it implies that there is some problem with the user's e-mail that needs to be addressed, by clicking the attachment.

      But in either language, that click will instead trigger the worm to harvest all the e-mail addresses on that computer, and send the same message to everyone on it.

      Sober-N is unlike other computer worms and viruses that carry malicious payloads, capable of stealing passwords or deleting files.

      "The only thing that is going to happen is, it's going to dramatically slow things down on your computer," said Mastoras. "Mailboxes are filling up as we speak, and that may become a productivity issue," he said.

      MessageLabs, a company that provides managed e-mail security for businesses, reports finding more than 1.1 million copies of the virus destined for its customers. MessageLabs spokeswoman Shelley Driscoll says the virus was filtered before it reached their 11,000 clients worldwide.

      The mantra that anti virus companies have been chanting for years is applicable to this threat.

      Computer users should never open e-mail attachments from unknown parties; they should update anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-spyware software on a regular basis, or invest in a program that automatically updates and installs those security programs when new threats are identified.

      This is not the first time that virus writers have exploited the planet's love of soccer. In 2002 a virus called Chick-F posed as an onscreen scores ticker during the World Cup in South Korea and Japan. And in 1998, a virus called WM97/ZMK-J asked computer users to pick the winners of upcoming matches. A wrong answer triggered a payload that wiped data off the user's hard drive.

      Who is behind Sober-N?

      Mastoras says there are two types of virus writers; organized criminals who use "malware" (malicious software) to steal information for financial gain; and the publicity seekers, who want their 15 minutes of fame.

      He says the creator of Sober-N definitely fits the bragging profile.

      http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/05/03/sobernworm/index.html
      Posted In The Spirit of Learning & Sharing
      One Love & Respect Always

      ***************************************
      The Quest for knowledge stops at the grave.
      HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I.


      If you fail to prepare,
      you are preparing to fail!


      Mind what you want, because someone wants your mind.

      Working together, the ants ate the elephant.


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