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Chapter 6. PRIVACY AND UNCLE SAM > SPOOKS AND SNOOPS

SPOOKS AND SNOOPS

G-Man Spam

The Annoyance:

I recently got an email purportedly from the FBI saying that my IP address "had been logged" and that I'd been caught illegally sharing files. Is this some idiot's idea of a joke?

The Fix:

Yes, it's a hoax. But it's much worse than a joke, because some copies of this message contained a variant of the Sober worm. If you've gotten one of these, the FBI urges you to forward it to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ifccfbi.gov/index.asp) and to delete the original. Of course, this doesn't mean the FBI isn't watching you—the feds are actively investigating file swappers and purveyors and consumers of child pornography, along with terrorists—but if they were, they wouldn't send you an email warning you about it.


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