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Samal.A

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Samal.A
Technical name:W32/Samal.A.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It displays messages and prevent the computer from being started properly if the system date belongs to 2009. It spreads making copies of itself in all the system drives.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Jan. 6, 2009
Detection updated on:Jan. 13, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Samal.A is a worm designed to carry out malicious actions if the system date belongs to 2009, such as displaying messages and preventing the computer from being started properly, among others.

If the system date is different from 2009, Samal.A will not display messages on screen. However, the computer will be continuously restarted.

Samal.A spreads making copies of itself in all the system drives.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Samal.A is easy to recognize, as it displays the following messages on the screen of the computers affected by this worm if the system date belongs to 2009:


where the text "Ah ah you didn't say the magic word" can be read.

After entering any value three times, it displays another message on screen:


where the text "Samael has come. This the end" can be read.