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|Alias:||WORM_MIMAIL.A, W32/Mimail@MM, W32.Mimail.A@mm|
|Effects: ||It does not have destructive effects. Its main aim is to spread and infect other computers|
|First detected on:||Aug. 1, 2003|
|Detection updated on:||March 3, 2006|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
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.