Sober.P breaks record for rate of propagation
According to IT security experts, the newly detected Sober.P mutant of the Win32.Sober worm has spread rapidly, causing an "epidemic in western Europe", vnunet.com reports. http://www.vnunet.com/news/1162823
Virus analysts at Kaspersky Lab reported that data from ISPs shows the worm to be the most common malicious program found in email traffic.
"Sober.P has broken records in terms of the number of infected messages sent out and the speed of propagation throughout western European segments of the internet, in The Netherlands, Germany and Hungary among others," Kaspersky Lab warned.
However, the number of messages which the security firm has received about Sober.P from Russian and Asian users has been "minimal".
Like other versions of the Sober virus this one is bilingual and sends messages in both English and German.
Messages in English warn about problems with passwords, e-mail going astray and registration confirmations.
In a bid to boost its spread, German language messages sent by the virus posed as messages from World Cup organizers telling fans they had won tickets to the 2006 soccer tournament.
Click here to read the full story. http://www.vnunet.com/news/1162823
Click here to read a BBC News story on the Sober.P worm. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4512421.stm