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Sinowal.WRN

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sinowal.WRN
Technical name:Trj/Sinowal.WRN
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Trojan.Win32.Scar.auww,
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It reaches the computer in an email message related with the H1N1 virus (swine flu) in which users are required to create a personal vaccination profile by accessing a certain website. It is designed to steal confidential information from the computer and the user.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 2, 2009
Detection updated on:Dec. 2, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Sinowal.WRN is a Trojan which uses the subject of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) as a bait to infect as many users as possible. It reaches the computer in a message about a false vaccination program for this virus.

Sinowal.WRN is designed to steal information from the computer and the user, such as passwords or other confidential data. Then, this information is stored in several files and sent to its creator later.

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

Sinowal.WRN is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an email message related with the H1N1 virus (swine flu) which has the following characteristics:

  • The subject of the message can be one of the following:
    Governmental registration program on the H1N1 vaccination
    State Vaccination H1N1 Program
    Your personal Vaccination Profile
    Create your personal Vaccination Profile
    State Vaccination Program
    Creation of personal Vaccination Profile
    Instructions on creation of your personal Vaccination Profile
  • The message informs users of a false vaccination H1N1 program and requires them to create a personal vaccination profile by accessing a certain website. The message includes a link to that website.
  • The following is an example of the email message in which Sinowal.WRN is being distributed: