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Mimail is a worm without destructive effects that spreads via e-mail in a message with clearly defined characteristics. Mimail tricks the user into thinking that the message comes from the mail server administrator.
Mimail takes advantage of the following vulnerabilities:
- Internet zone: Internet Explorer vulnerability. It allows a hacker to open an executable file already present in the affected computer.
- MHTML: Outlook Express vulnerability. It allows hackers to send and run a file of their choice.
A clear indication that you have received Mimail is a message with the following characteristics:
Your account xxxxxxx
Where xxxxxxx is a random group of lower-case letters.