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Mimail.D

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Mimail.D
Technical name:W32/Mimail.D.worm
Threat level:Low
Alias:I-Worm.Mimail.d
Type:Worm
Effects:  It does not have destructive effects. Its main aim is to spread and infect other computers.
Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 5, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Mimail.D is a worm without destructive effects that spreads via e-mail in a message with a subject that contains the text your account and an attachment called MESSAGE.ZIP. Mimail.D tricks the user into thinking that the message comes from the mail server administrator.

Mimail.D 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.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that you have received Mimail.D is a message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Your account %text%
    where %text% is a random group of lower-case letters.
  • Message:
    Hello there,

    I would like to inform you about important information regarding your
    email address. This email address will be expiring.
    Please read attachment for details.
    ---
    Best regards, Administrator
    %text%
  • Attachments:
    MESSAGE.ZIP