New Sober variant tricks users in German

Wednesday, 20 April 2005, 10:54 AM EST

A new Sober mass mailer worm is slithering its way around the 'Net and tricking users into opening attachments with clever messages in both English and German, anti-virus companies warned Tuesday.

W32.Sober.N@mm sends e-mail messages with the subject headers "I've_got your EMail on my_account!" and "FwD: Ich bin's nochmal" and carries attachments with names like your_text.zip, according to Helsinki security firm F-Secure. When opened, the attachment scans files on the infected computer to harvest e-mail addresses that enable the worm to spread.

By Scarlet Pruitt at NWF.

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