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November 23, 2005

WARNING--Computer Geek Stuff Contained

Damned script kiddies will not stop writing these stupid worms that try to trick dumbasses into opening zip files in spoofed e-mails.

New variants of the Sober worm are taunting users for the second time in as many weeks. This time, the worms are trying to dupe people with fake messages from the FBI and CIA, and a promise to display new photos and videos of "Simple Life" stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

Tokyo-based AV firm Trend Micro said in an e-mailed advisory that Sober-AG has been spammed in e-mails written in German and English. It scans the version of Windows running on a target machine and, if it detects GMX as the domain, installs one of the German versions. Otherwise, the firm said, it installs itself as one of the English versions.

"The worm has no automated capabilities and must therefore be inadvertently executed by the user to install," Trend Micro said. "To entice the user to do this, the author utilizes classic social engineering techniques, such as promising pictures of celebrities, or alerting the user to illicit behavior."

Now my mail box is completely filled with e-mails inviting me to click on an innocent looking .zip file and get some hot Paris videos or some such crap. Note to self, no matter how tempting Paris Hilton may be, don't open e-mails from strangers. Oh, wait, maybe the stern sounding e-mail from the FBI or CIA is important enough to click on the zip file.

Every time this crap happens, I get calls from work that the dumbass-o-meter is pegged on one gillion because some asshat keeps opening file attachments. If I could find a bathtub big enough to hold all the idiots that open these attachments and fill it with water, I would love to throw a toaster in it.

Posted by Justin at November 23, 2005 12:21 AM


you must be a systems engineer too... computers suck but it pays the bills.. ;)

Posted by: JP at November 23, 2005 07:33 AM