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Vote.K

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Vote.K
Technical name:W32/Vote.K.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  It overwrites all the files with an EXE, COM and SCR extension, making them irretrievable.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Sept. 11, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Vote.K is a worm with very destructive effects that spreads via e-mail, through the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing program KaZaA and via IRC.

When it spreads via e-mail, Vote.K reaches the computer in a message with a subject containing the phrase THE WAR HAS STARTED! and the attached file WTC32.SCR.

Vote.K overwrites all the files with an EXE, COM, SCR, BMP, JPG, RAR, ZIP and WAV  extension by replacing them with a copy of itself, which makes them irretrievable.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Vote.K is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    It contains the phrase THE WAR HAS STARTED!
  • Attachments:
    WTC32.SCR

In addition, Vote.K displays the following messages on screen once it is run:

  • First, it displays this dialog box:
  • On pushing the OK button, a new message appears, which in its Titlebar displays the text VICTIM #XXX, where XXX is a number generated at random. The message contains a random text. These are some examples: