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Sober.M

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sober.M
Technical name:W32/Sober.M.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It spreads via e-mail in a message written in English or German.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Feb. 21, 2005
Detection updated on:Feb. 23, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Sober.M is a worm that spreads via e-mail, in a message written in English or German.

The e-mail message will be written in German only if the mail domain extension is one of the following: de (Germany), ch (Switzerland), at (Austria) or li (Liechtenstein).

Visible Symptoms 

    

Sober.M is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it opens Notepad and displays the following text when it is run:

Additionally, it also displays the following fake error on screen when it is run: