Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
Origins: The "FBI vs. Facebook" mailings are new lures for an existing virus (rather than a new form of virus), but since they've garnered so much attention, we've created this separate entry for them.
The mailings, which began in
All of this camouflage is cover for propagation of the Storm worm, a virus which has been around for a few years and has been spread via many guises. Because this particular incarnation invokes the name and symbol of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), that agency has issued a
The FBI and its partner, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), have received reports of recent spam
"The spammers spreading this virus are preying on Internet users and making their computers an unwitting part of criminal botnet activity. We urge citizens to help prevent the spread of botnets by becoming web-savvy. Following some simple computer security practices will reduce the risk that their computers will be compromised," said Special Agent Richard Kolko, Chief, FBI National Press Office.
Everyone should consider the following:
- Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting personal information via
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited
- Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
- Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the organization's website rather than following an alleged link to the site.
- Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits information.
Last updated: 6 August 2008
Colker, David. "Don't Open 'FBI vs. Facebook' E-Mail, Lest You Loose the Storm Worm." Los Angeles Times. 3 August 2008. Durkin, Mike. "FBI vs Facebook Email Thread Has 'Storm Worm' Virus." FOXNews.com. 30 July 2008.