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Gizel.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gizel.A
Technical name:W32/Gizel.A.worm
Threat level:Low
Alias:Marque, I-Worm.Voltan W32/Voltan.A W32.Marque.Worm Win32/Marq.A
Type:Worm
Effects:  It changes the Internet connection settings in order to connect to a high-rate telephone number. It changes the screensaver.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

Detection updated on:Oct. 27, 2003
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:ITALY

Brief Description 

    

Gizel.A is a worm that can change the Internet connection settings, in order to use a high rate telephone number, significantly increasing the phone bill of the affected user.

Gizel.A only affects Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT computers, as it needs a dynamic link library (DLL) that is present only in those operating systems.

Gizel.A reaches the computer when the user receives an e-mail message written in Italian, which contents a link to a website. When the user accesses the website, the worm is downloaded.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Gizel.A is easy to recognize once it has reached the computer, as it displays the following symptoms:

  • It displays the following message on screen when it is downloaded:
    Il "CATARTICO" screen saver è stato installato con successo
  • It changes the screensaver  to a marquee with the following text:
    A volte ti sento così vicina...A volte ti sento così lontana...Certo che hai proprio un cellulare di merda!