Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus and
spam analysis centres, have warned users that the W32/Sober-M worm is
spreading in the wild. The worm is currently the fifth most
commonly encountered virus in the last 24 hours, being beaten only
by variants of the prevalent Netsky and Zafi worms.
The W32/Sober-M worm bulk mails itself in either German or
English language, depending on whether it believes the recipient's
email address to be owned by a German or English speaker.
Email sent in English have the following characteristics:
I've_got your EMail on my_account!
First, Very Sorry for my bad English.
Someone is sending your private e-mails on my
It's probably an e-mail provider error!
At time, I've got over 10 mails on my account, but the
recipient are you. I have copied all the mail text in the windows
text-editor for you & zipped then.
Make sure, that this mails don't come in my mail-box
"This latest variant of the Sober worm may catch out the unwary
as they open their email inbox," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant at Sophos. "It looks like the virus writer is
deliberately using 'broken english' to lull people into a false
sense of security that it's not a virus that has sent the message
through, but an aggrieved email user. The virus plays on people's
desire to be a good net citizen - anyone who receives a message
like this may feel duty bound to open the attachment and
investigate how their computer has been sending erroneous email,
but such good intentions could result in a nasty infection."
Sophos recommends companies protect their email with a consolidated solution to thwart the virus and spam
threats as well as secure their desktop and servers with
automatically updated anti-virus protection. Sophos anti-virus
products have been capable of detecting the W32/Sober-M worm since
2:07 a.m. GMT on 19 April, 2005.