Feeds

World Cup worm gives Windows users the willies

'ere we go (again)

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A new version of the increasingly tedious Sober email worm series is ensnaring victims by posing as an email from the next year's World Cup organising committee. Like previous variants, Sober-P spreads as an infected ZIP attachment to messages written in either German or English.

Infected emails pose as ticket confirmation messages from organisers of the football World Cup, due to be held in Germany next year. The worm composes messages with subject lines such as "WM-Ticket-Auslosung" and "Your Password" with attachments such as Fifa_Info-Text.zip containing a .pif payload file. Sober-P only infects Windows machines.

The first appearance of the worm on Monday coincided with the start the second phase of ticket sales for Germany 2006. No further tickets for countries who sold out their first phase allocations are been released at this point (13 nations including Germany and England) but that hasn't stopped attempts by virus writers to exploit global interest in the tournament.

Most anti-virus vendors rate Sober-P as medium-risk. Home users are at greatest risk which means, yet again, that it's time to update anti-virus tools and to resist the temptation to open suspicious-looking emails. Sober-P is the fourteenth incarnation of a worm first seen in October 2003.

In other football related news, tickets for Tuesday's Champions' League semi-final between Liverpool and Chelsea are on sale on eBay from between £205 and £950. The resale of UK football tickets contravenes eBay rules but touts are chancing their arm anyway in the hopes of making a killing on tickets with a face value of somewhere between £30 to £50. ®

Related links

FIFA issues warning over virus

Related stories

Sober worm shakes Windows security
Sober worm speaks with forked tongue
Sober email worm gives Windows users the DTs
FBI issues Sober notice over Windows worm
The strange decline of computer worms (perhaps we spoke too soon)

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.