Sober virus makes child-porn criminal confess

By Derek Sooman on December 20, 2005, 5:08 PM
At last the Sober virus has done some good - a 20-year-old German man has turned himself and his child-porn collection into authorities, seemingly after believing a message propagated by the recent Sober virus. The message claimed that law enforcement officers were investigating his activities, and he believed it!

The Sober.X, also known as Sober.Y, virus attempts to fool computer users into running the malicious program by attaching itself to an e-mail that seems to come from the FBI or its German counterpart, known as the Federal Criminal Investigation Office or Bundeskriminalamt (BKA). The message implies that the law enforcement agency is investigating the recipient and asks the user to open up an attachment and answer questions.
The daft chap read the bulk e-mailed message sent by the latest Sober virus, flipped out and contacted the police to admit he possessed child pornography. Law enforcement officers are currently investigating him.

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