Remember about a month ago, when I reported that the Sober Worm was sending out fake email from the CIA and the FBI, under the name of “Steven Allison”? And how that email claimed that “We have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites”?
Well, it seems that a pedophile in Germany received that worm spam, and believing that it was real, turned himself in to the police! And indeed, upon searching his home and computer, the German police found child pornography which he had downloaded from, hey, illegal websites, just like the Sober worm said!
Said Sophos’ Graham Cluely, “We’re used to explaining to people that there’s no such thing as a good virus, but in this case it appears that Sober.z has accidentally scared an Internet pedophile into contacting the police.” The irony, added Cluely, is that up-to-date anti-virus software would have caught the spam before the German pedophile ever had a chance to read it. “If he had been scanning his email for viruses he would never have received the message from the Sober worm.”
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