The FBI added its voice last week to antivirus companies warning of the Sober.k worm, advising Americans to ignore the E-mail missives that sometimes pose as a tell-us-or-else message from the federal law-enforcement agency.
Sober.k, which also arrives as file attachments to messages offering free access to X-rated videos of heiress Paris Hilton and as security alerts from Microsoft, can appear with a variety of FBI-like addresses, including "[email protected]" and "[email protected]" The text of such messages reads: "Dear Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached. Yours faithfully, M. John Stellford ++-++ Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI- ++-++ 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 2130 ++-++ Washington, DC 20535 ++-++ (202) 324-3000"
Not likely. "These E-mails did not come from the FBI," the agency said in a statement. "Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited E-mails to the public in this manner."
Earlier this month, the FBI shut down an E-mail system it used to communicate with the public because of a possible security breach.
-- TechWeb News