Next Sober Attack Slated For January 5th

(Information Week)  The next big Sober worm attack is scheduled to take place January 5, 2006, a date probably picked because it’s the 87th anniversary of the founding of a precursor to the Nazi Party, a security firm said Wednesday. January 5, 2006, was the date embedded in the most recent Sober variants, said Ken Dunham, a senior engineer with Reston, Va.-based VeriSign iDefense, a security intelligence firm. "We did reverse engineering on the variants, and found this date in the code," said Dunham. "The way this works is that at a pre-determined time, computers already infected with Sober will connect with specified servers and download a new payload, which will likely be spammed out in the millions, as was the last version." Read more