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Pheme

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pheme
Technical name:VBS/Pheme
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It deletes with the following extensions: MP2, MP3, MPG, MPE, MPEG, AVI and MOV, and replaces the original content of these files with a copy of the worm with VBS extension.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:May 14, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Pheme is a worm capable of spreading extremely quickly through e-mail.

It is difficult to recognize Pheme at first sight, as the messages that cause infection have different formats depending on the operating system installed on the affected computer.

Pheme deletes files with the following extensions: MP2, MP3, MPG, MPE, MPEG, AVI and MOV. Then, it creates copies of itself with the name of the files it deleted, and adds a VBS extension at the end.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Pheme sends itsef out by e-mail to all the contacts stored in Outlook's Address book. The messages it sends out will have different formats depending on the operating system installed on the affected computer.

Mesage created on computers with Windows Me/98/95:

  • Subject: Hey [recipient]!
  • Message: [recipient]!Get free mp3s from the web site that i go to!
    I can get almost any music that I want, just look at all the cool sites that I went to in the attachments.
    Bye
  • Attachment: SITELIST.VBS

Message created on computers with Windows 2000/NT:

  • Subject: Hello [recipient]!
  • Message:
    This is a picture of my girlfriend, isn´t she beatuful?
    [sender]
  • Attachment: PINGJUAN.VBS

Click here to view other formats of the e-mail message.