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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Sinowal.VTJ

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sinowal.VTJ
Technical name:Trj/Sinowal.VTJ
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It is designed to obtain confidential information of the user, such as passwords, banking data or other type of information. It does not spread automatically by its own means.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 9, 2008
Detection updated on:Sept. 17, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Sinowal.VTJ is a Trojan designed to obtain confidential information of the user, such as passwords, banking details or other type of information.

In order to do so, it looks for information stored in the computer and in the cookies of Internet Explorer.

Sinowal.VTJ does not spread automatically by its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Sinowal.VTJ is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an email message with the following features:

  • Subject: I am wait your reply
  • Message:

    To Whom It May Concern: To Whom It May Concern:

    I am tired of receiving messages containing malicious computer programs (viruses) from your e-mail address!!! I am tired of receiving messages containing malicious computer programs (viruses) from your e-mail address!
    If within 1-2 days you do not stop sending messages to my e-mail address, I will have to address this issue to the Police!… If within 1-2 days you do not stop sending messages to my e-mail address, I will have to address this issue to the Police!…
    Today I received a hard copy of your data logs from my Internet service provider. Today I received a hard copy of your data logs from my Internet service provider. The copy contains your IP address, logs of sending malicious programs and your e-mail address details… The copy contains your IP address, logs of sending malicious programs and your e-mail address details…
    I am sending you the copy of the document containing your data and logs of sending malicious programs as the proof of your fault!!!!!! I am sending you the copy of the document containing your data and logs of sending malicious programs as the proof of your fault !!!!!!
    You must print the document containing the list of your data and logs of sending malicious programs and pass it on to your Internet service provider with, so that they could find out why the viruses are sent from your computer to my e-mail address!!!! You must print the document containing the list of your data and logs of sending malicious programs and pass it on to your Internet service provider with, so that they could find out why the viruses are sent from your computer to my e-mail address! !

    Ask your Internet service provider to resolve this problem!!!! Ask your Internet service provider to resolve this problem!!

    Do this now!!! Do this now!
    Once again!!! Once Again! If you dont stop sending the letters, I will address to the Police and file a lawsuit against you!!! If you dont stop sending the letters, I will address to the Police and file a lawsuit against you!


    In the message someone states that he received messages containing virus which have been sent from the affected user's email address and he threatens to call the police if he does not stop receiving messages.

    Additionally, it deceives users by saying he has information that proves and user is required to print the document attached in the message and to send it to his ISP (Internet Service Provider) so that the problem can be solved.
  • Attachment:

    The message contains an attached file compressed with ZIP. Once decompressed, it passes itself off as a pdf document in order to deceive users.