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Prestige

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Prestige
Technical name:W32/Prestige
Threat level:Low
Alias:Prestige.A
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It shows a warning message asking the user to install a program in order to view some photos.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 10, 2002
Detection updated on:March 20, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Prestige is a worm that reaches computers in an e-mail message written in Spanish that is very easy to identify, as the subject is: fotos INEDITAS del PRESTIGE en el fondo del Atlantico and whose sender appears to be: “Fotos_PresTiGe” freeserver@nautilus.org.

The effects of Prestige are more annoying than damaging, as when it carries out its infection it displays a warning message that asks the user to install a Plug-In (program update) in order to view photos of the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Prestige is easy to recognize before it affects the computer, as it comes in an e-mail message written in Spanish with the following characteristics:

  • Sender:
    Fotos_PresTiGe freeserver@nautilus.org
  • Subject:
    fotos INEDITAS del PRESTIGE en el fondo del Atlantico
  • Message: it is blank.
  • Attachments:
    PRESTIGE.ZIP
    This file, compressed in ZIP format, contains the executable file PRESTIGE.EXE.

When the attached file is decompressed and run, Prestige displays a window which informs the user that a program update (plug-in) must be installed to view the photos of the Prestige oil tanker.

If the user clicks on the No button, no other windows related to this worm will be displayed. However, if the users clicks on Yes, another error message is displayed.