A mass email, purportedly from law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, is circulating, carrying with it an attachment containing the Sober virus.
The email tells online users that either the FBI or the NHTCU have monitored their internet use, and that they have accessed illegal websites. It directs recipients to open an attachment and answer questions. This triggers the virus, which then sends itself to any email addresses found on the hard drive.
According to security specialist McAfee in
Such emails are becoming more and more sophisticated, and incorporate social engineering. There are many who will have opened this attachment out of genuine interest or concern that law enforcement had been monitoring their net usage.
It’s easy to say “Don’t open it” but it’s not quite so easy to do.