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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vigilante said:
All I can do is laugh :)
sngx1275 said:
Why didn't he just freak out and destroy his HD?
PanicX said:
Who knows the mentallity of such a perverted mind. Since he turned himself in, he's probably not the brightest crayon in the box.
spike said:
To be honest, if this means that even one child has been spared the hell of the child pornography circuit (there's no way I'm calling something that sick and evil an industry), then in my view, it's worth ALL of the damage the Sober worm has caused to date.Not that that's an excuse for writing it, because lets face it, the people that wrote it simply don't care anyway, and are debateably almost as twisted as the guy repoted here to have turned himself in.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]he's probably not the brightest crayon in the box.[/quote]Duh, he had child porn!
Eleventeen said:
Well at least this virus did some good. Although its probably like a 1:999999999 ratio of it doing something good, im still glad that this one time turned out to be something that was probably worth all the bad things it has caused. Hopefully more criminals will believe it when the worm tells them that the FBI is investigating whatever they did, and they turn themselves in. Sure its highly doubtful, but look what happened here.
flavin said:
im glad that happened. maybe hell learn a lesson in jail
Bartzy said:
LOL? I like stories like that, when people believe bullshit :) And if it did us good - Why not ?The only problem is the virus did so much damage and personally it was very annoying.spike - I totally agree with you. Great way of thinking !
asphix said:
Wow... I want to call the guy an *****, but that would be pittying him in a way, or in the very least indirectly hinting that it would have been alright for him not to get caught. So I guess all thats left is to congratulate him?I wish more people who partake in activities as wrong as that were as gullable.
Nic said:
Let's hope Anti-Virus vendors don't add this virus to their detection list......I'm being sarchastic :=).Maybe if Anti-Virus software was good enough to detect child porn images during a scan, then it could silently email the authorities with the user's ip address and some sample evidence for analysis. Now that would be scary.
mentaljedi said:
Imagine the FBI sends a virus that checks for illegal stuff? What a loser! I feel sorry for him...NOT!!! I do however feel sorry for his computer. It probably is being torn apart as we speak. (Starts praying for mercy on hardware)
doomsweek said:
Haha. Now viruses have some *usefulness*.I can guess that he's a stupid fellow. Believing immediately in a haox message -- Haha.Guilt must have strucked him.
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