Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

MessageLabs Stops Over 2.7 million Copies of New Sober Virus That Spoofs FBI and CIA

  • 23 November, 2005 11:03

<p>November 22, 2005 - New York 17:00 GMT/ 12:00 ET - MessageLabs, the leading provider of managed email security services to businesses worldwide, 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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>The virus will send emails in German for domains ending .DE or .AT and a few others, with the remainder being sent in English. It seems that despite warnings, many recipients are still opening the emails allowing the virus to spread still further.</p>
<p>Also, since yesterday, MessageLabs has stopped three new variants of W32/Mytob, one of which was W32/Mytob.ED!ee4e, for which we have stopped over 10,000 copies.</p>
<p>MessageLabs stopped all copies destined for clients using the MessageLabs Anti-virus service.</p>
<p>Email Characteristics
From: mail@fbi.gov, post@fib.gov, admin@fbi.gov</p>
<p>Dear Sir/Madam,</p>
<p>we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.</p>
<p>Important:
Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.</p>
<p>Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison</p>
<p>++++ Central Intelligence Agency -CIA-
++++ Office of Public Affairs
++++ Washington, D.C. 20505</p>
<p>++++ phone: (703) 482-0623
++++ 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., US Eastern time</p>
<p>Attachment:
question_list.zip
list.zip</p>
<p>Size: 54.2 KB (55,536 bytes )</p>
<p>Detection
MessageLabs detected this virus proactively, using its unique and patented Skeptic™ predictive heuristics technology.</p>
<p>About MessageLabs
MessageLabs is the world's leading provider of messaging security and management services with more than 12,000 clients and offices in eight countries. For more information, please visit www.messagelabs.com.</p>
<p>-- ENDS --</p>
<p>Media Contacts:
APAC:
Claire Hosegood, MessageLabs, +61 (0)2 8208 7111, chosegood@messagelabs.com</p>

Most Popular

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?