FBI Issues Warning About Computer Virus

Wednesday, February 23rd 2005, 9:27 am
By: News On 6

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.