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Chick

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Chick
Technical name:VBS/Chick
Threat level:Low
Alias:VBS/Chick.A, VBS/BritneyPic, VBS/Chick@M, Britney Spears
Type:Worm
Effects:  It displays several windows. If it spreads massively, it can affect the functioning of networks.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 4, 2002
Detection updated on:Feb. 9, 2005
StatisticsNo
Family:CHICK

Brief Description 

    

Chick is a worm that is easy to recognize because it refers to the famous US singer Britney Spears.

It spreads rapidly using the following means of transmission:

  • E-mail messages with the subject RE: Britney Pics, which includes an attached file called BRITNEY.CHM.
  • By automatically sending the BRITNEY.CHM file via IRC.

The message text entices the user to open the BRITNEY.CHM file by claiming that it contains images of Britney Spears. When the file is opened, however, a window is displayed, which informs the user that ActiveX controls must be enabled. If the user clicks on the Yes button in this window Chick activates.

Chick is not considered dangerous, as its only aim is to spread to other computers. However mass mailing of this virus could cause infected e-mail accounts and IRC chat channels to collapse.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that you have received Chick is a message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    RE: Britney Pics
  • Message:
    Take a look at these pics
    Regards,

    The name of the person that has sent the e-mail is included at the end of the message.
  • Attachments:
    BRITNEY.CHM.

Another warning sign is a file called BRITNEY.CHM sentthrough IRC.

When the BRITNEY.CHM file is run, a window is displayed that informs the user that ActiveX controls must be enabled in order to see the photos of Britney Spears. For information on this window and the Internet Explorer warning dialog box that is displayed, click here.