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Ska.Winsock

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ska.Winsock
Technical name:W32/Ska.Winsock
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It has no destructive effects, but displays fireworks graphics on the screen. Mass-mailing this worm might flood e-mail accounts.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 13, 2002
StatisticsNo
Family:HAPPY

Brief Description 

    

Ska.Winsock is a worm  that arrives in an e-mail message with the subject Happy New Year 1999!! and the following attachment: HAPPY99.EXE.

The text included in the message entices users to open the attachment, by trying to convince them it is just a greeting card.

Ska.Winsock is not considered dangerous, as its only objective is to spread to other computers without causing any destructive effects.

It is capable of spreading at great speed, as all the actions it carries out at aimed at propagating to other computers by e-mail.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that you have received Ska.Winsock is an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:

    Happy New Year 1999 !!

  • Attachment:

    HAPPY99.EXE

Upon running the attachment a window is displayed, which seems to simulate a fireworks display to celebrate the New Year: