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FBI virus slowing

Date: November 25, 2005
Source: Australian IT


The spread of a computer virus which proliferated through email appearing to come from the FBI, the CIA or Germany's BKA agency has slowed, Finnish anti-virus group F-Secue said.

"Several millions of infected emails were seen by internet operators yesterday (Tuesday) but it seems to be quietening down," said Mikko Hypponen, head of research at internet security firm F-Secure.

It was still the "biggest virus attack of the year", he said.

The FBI said Tuesday that it was not the source of the email. But experts said that the virus was propagating because the authors made the message appear authentic.

The messages, which contain a strain of the Sober virus, appear to be sent from an email address such as mail@fbi.gov, post@fbi.gov, admin@fbi.gov or a similar address, and direct the recipient to open an attachment to answer questions.
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