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Mailbot.GA

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Mailbot.GA
Technical name:W32/Mailbot.GA.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It makes the computer become a platform to send spam messages massively and attempts to redirect the traffic to certain Internet sites. It spreads via email messages and instant messaging programs.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 12, 2010
Detection updated on:March 18, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Mailbot.GA is worm which uses the affected computer as a platform to send spam massively to other computers.

It is also designed to download and install instant messaging programs in the computer and to redirect the traffic to certain Internet sites.

Additionally, it uses rootkit techniques in order to go unnoticed and make its detection more difficult.

Mailbot.GA spreads via email messages and instant messaging programs.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Mailbot.GA is easy to recognize, as it spreads via email in a message informing users that the airplane ticket amount has already been charged to their credit card. The invoice and airplane ticket seem to be attached to the message.

The following image belongs to the message:

Message used to distribute Mailbot.GA

The attachment is a compressed file with a ZIP extension which contains the copy of the worm. This file has the following icon:

Icon of the executable file