[ISN] FBI Issues Warning About Computer Virus

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Wed Feb 23 02:08:14 EST 2005


The Associated Press
February 22, 2005 

WASHINGTON - The FBI warned Tuesday that a computer virus is being
spread through unsolicited e-mails that purport to come from the FBI.

The e-mails appear to come from an fbi.gov address. They tell
recipients that they have accessed illegal Web sites and that their
Internet use has been monitored by the FBI's "Internet Fraud Complaint
Center," the FBI said.

The messages then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer
questions. The computer virus is in the attachment.

"Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI
does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the
public in this manner," the FBI said in a statement.

The bureau is investigating the phony e-mails.

The agency earlier this month shut down fbi.gov accounts, used to
communicate with the public, because of a security breach. A
spokeswoman said the two incidents appear to be unrelated.


On the Net: 
FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center:http://www.ic3.gov

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