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FBI Issues Warning About Computer Virus




WASHINGTON (AP) - 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



02/22/05 18:44




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