Feeds

NHTCU warns over Sober worm

Cyber-blitz enters second week

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The latest variants of the prolific Sober worm series are posing as messages from the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, prompting a warning from the British police agency.

The tactic is an extension of an ongoing mass virus attack. Other organisations similarly spoofed last week include the FBI and CIA in the USA and the German Bundeskriminalamt. Society heiress Paris Hilton also featured as the subject of some of the attacks.

The scam emails claims to recipients that their internet use has been monitored and that they have accessed illegal web sites. The emails then direct recipients to open an attachment, which Reg readers will not be surprised to hear is infectious. This Windows-specific malware travels in an email message with the subject line of "You visit illegal websites" or "Your IP was logged" from spoofed email addresses such as info@nhtcu.org and office@nhtcu.org. Users who open the infected message attachments on Windows machines will further propagate the outbreak, as well as leaving their machines open to additional attacks and misuse.

"These emails did not come from the NHTCU. Anybody who receives such an email should delete it without opening it," the police agency warns. NHTCU advises consumers to visit GetSafeOnline.org for tips on how to protect themselves and their computers for virus attacks. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
Celebrity women victimised as Apple iCloud accounts reportedly popped
Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds
Another day, another way in to your home router
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records
'Federated search' spaffed info all over Five Eyes chums
Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids
Records used to plunder game items, sold off to low lifes
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.