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    Sober Virus Spreads

    Worm travels as an e-mail attachment, but moves slowly.

    Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service
    Tuesday, October 28, 2003
    An e-mail-borne virus that apparently originated in Germany is in the wild but has not yet spread widely or affected many users, an antivirus researcher said Monday.

    The worm-type virus, called W32/Sober@MM, or Sober, is being spread as an attachment to a variety of e-mail messages written in either English or German, said Craig Schmugar, a virus research engineer at McAfee Security, a division of Network Associates, in Santa Clara, California.

    Some of those e-mail messages identify the attachment as an update to Kaspersky Labs or Symantec Norton Antivirus software, he said.


    Low Profile
    McAfee classified the virus as "low-profiled" in the late afternoon Monday, Pacific Time. Fewer than 20 corporate customers had been affected and most copies of the virus received by McAfee had been sent by the virus itself directly to a McAfee e-mail address for reporting of viruses, Schmugar said. They had not been sent in by customers who had been hit by it. The spread had so far been fairly restricted to Germany, he said.

    The worm is designed to propagate itself by e-mailing itself to addresses extracted from the victim's machine. It does this using its own SMTP engine and uses a variety of subject lines, messages and attachment names in the messages, according to McAfee. To foil users who try to remove it by hand, the worm creates two copies of itself, Schmugar said.

    To prevent infection, users should use standard safe computing practices such as not opening e-mail attachments they aren't expecting even if they are from a familiar sender, he said.


    Small Impact?
    Judging from its spread so far, and because in some cases it presents the recipient with a foreign-language message body, it may not have a large impact, he said.

    "It's not an unlikely guess that this might be gone in a couple of days and never really reach a high prevalence rate," Schmugar said.

    McAfee and most antivirus companies should be updating their antivirus signatures soon to detect and remove the worm, he said. Later Monday or on Tuesday, McAfee will have updated its standalone Stinger software tool, he said. More information about the worm is available online.
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    belveder dude, i have been following your threads for quite a few days now. i agree that you post some good ones too which might be informative like this one but i have something to say.
    do a bit of work and post an extract that you feel is important and then link us to the site you got that article from. you are doing a whole copy paste because of which most people might just ignore the thread rather than reading the whole article and hence the whole point of posting the article is lost. isn't it? at least thats what i do..come in one of your threads, have a look, oops such a big article, lets go to next one. instead if you would post an extract, i would read it and if i find it exciting or informative, i will add the article to my bookmark and read it when i have time.
    i hope you got my point :cheers:
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    Sure do, thanks for the help and advice, point taken and noted :)
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    Plus, with the a little link, we know who to credit the article to. ;)

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