FBI Warns of E-Mail About SurveillanceBy Marc • Nov 21st, 2005 • Category: Computers, In My Mail
I’ve gotten a ton of these emails that were stopped cold by our virus protection at work. I even got a couple that were “from the FBI” that were pretty funny. One also claimed to be from the CIA. I’m just glad I didn’t get one from FEMA. That would’ve been disastrous.
“WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an alert Monday about a scam involving unsolicited e-mails, purportedly sent by the
FBI, that tell computer users that their Internet surfing is being monitored by the agency.”
Here’s the text of one of these:
Date: November 21, 2005 2:15:39 PM CST
Subject: **VIRUS** Your IP was logged
we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.
Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.
Of course the attachment was the virus. The part the cracked me up was the “Please answer our questions!”. It somehow reminded me of the prank phone calls those guys did with Arnold Schwarzenegger. You know the ones that included the line from Kindergarden Cop, “I want ask you a bunch of questions and I want to have them answered immediately!”
Here’s another email I got today:
Date: November 21, 2005 1:53:38 PM CST
Subject: **VIRUS** hi, ive a new mail address
hey its me, my old address dont work at time. i dont know why?!
in the last days ive got some mails. i’ think thaz your mails but im not sure!
plz read and check …
That’s just plain stupid. Does anyone actually fall for this stuff?
Trend Micro also sent this out today. It sounds like it’s pretty nasty…
As of November 21, 2005 2:20 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST, GMT -8:00), TrendLabs has declared a Medium Risk Virus Alert to control the spread of WORM_SOBER.AG. TrendLabs has received several infection reports indicating that this malware is spreading in the USA, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, and New Zealand.
This memory-resident worm propagates by attaching a copy of itself to an email message, which it sends to target recipients using its own Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) engine. Since it’s email propagation does not require any user intervention, the user is often unaware that this worm is sending out email messages.
You can get more info on this thing at their website here.