who do you trust?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Gorilla Angels, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. i have recieved an email apparently from the CIA in USA. They have told me
    to answer some questions about illegal web sites i have visited. I dont
    visit illegal web sites so is this just spam or a virus?
    Any sensible answers gratefully accepted.
    Gorilla Angel
    Gorilla Angels, Nov 22, 2005
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    AD Guest

    Just ignore it, do not answer any question.... it's a con.
    You can always call the CIA and ask them if it is their policy to send email
    such as the one you received.
    Phone : (703) 482-0623
    7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., US Eastern time
    AD, Nov 22, 2005
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    Mitch Guest

    Did it have ANY HTML in it? Formatted text, images, colors?
    If it did, then you might already have helped them out when your mail
    program loaded the contents. So it's too late in that case.

    Did it do anything to explain why they had your address? If it didn't,
    or if the explanation didn't make a lot of sense, then it's clearly not
    valid. The CIA would need to explain both how they got your address (to
    establish validity of contacting you) and what their interest is or
    what is going on (to establish why they need to contact you).

    As far as not visiting illegal Web sites, until you know what law they
    are talking about it's hardly known what you might have done. A Web
    site itself can't be illegal, so there would have to be more to know
    there, too.
    Mitch, Nov 22, 2005
  4. It sounds like a variation of the FBI hoax e-mail that has been doing
    the rounds.

    Shane Matthews, Nov 22, 2005
  5. West Stand Bowler, Nov 22, 2005
  6. Gorilla Angels quacked like a deranged mallard in 24hoursupport.helpdesk:
    Have you seen any black helicopters hanging around?
    The Old Sourdough, Nov 22, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    I got the same email but the zip file attached contains a virus:


    Viruses found in the attached files.
    The file question_list7.zip: Virus identified I-Worm/Sober


    If you opened it you should run a virus check if your antivirus software
    didn't pick it up.
    Tony, Nov 22, 2005
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    Whiskers Guest

    It could be "phishing" for personal information that could be used by
    whoever sent the message to impersonate you somehow, or get access to your
    credit-card account, or something. So do not answer the e-mail.

    There may well be a 'virus' or 'trojan' or 'spyware' or some other nasty
    associated with the e-mail. Make sure that your 'anti-virus' and 'spyware
    remover' utilities are up to date and working, and make sure that your
    'firewall' is set correctly to prevent any unauthorised programs on your
    computer from accessing the internet (The so-called firewall included in
    Windows XP does not do that; get a third-party one).

    Why would the CIA write to you? You don't seem to be in the USA so they
    have no jurisdiction over you or your activities.

    How does a website become 'illegal' anyway? Whose law would apply?

    Whoever did send you the e-mail, you can be pretty sure the CIA have
    nothing at all to do with it.
    Whiskers, Nov 22, 2005
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    John Lord Guest

    i've had the same email today, and one from the "fbi" too! lucky avg did
    it's work!!

    "Viruses found in the attached files.
    The file list.zip: Virus identified I-Worm/Sober.CF. The attachment was
    moved to the virus vault"

    if your's didn't, then you should update your definitions and do a full scan
    asap. Also checker your email scanner is working, to ensure they are stop
    in their tracks in the future.

    John Lord, Nov 22, 2005
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    Trax Guest

    Trax, Nov 22, 2005
  11. Hi guys
    No it was the worm sober-z virus. Plus it sent out god knows how many emails
    of different variants. Still think i have some sort of dialler virus as I
    keep starting windows and it instantly connects. Nothing much coming in or
    going out though. Any ideas on how to detect a dialler and destroy it? Do
    not open any mail with the extension .gov they are the worms with bad things
    Sorry to be such an idiot. Still don't think my system is back to order yet
    but pandas online activescan detected 11 viruses, worms, and spy ware.
    Gorilla Angel
    Gorilla Angels, Nov 23, 2005
  12. so im an idiot whets new?
    Gorilla Angels

    Gorilla Angels, Nov 23, 2005
  13. Howdy!

    It's a new variant on the SOBER virus. See
    for one news report on it.

    If your client chops the link up, you can use this one:

    Ralph Wade Phillips, Nov 24, 2005
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