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Sinala.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sinala.A
Technical name:W32/Sinala.A.worm
Threat level:Low
Alias:W32/Alanis@mm, I.worm.alanis@mm, W32/Generic.worm!p2p
Type:Worm
Effects:  It allows a hacker to run files on the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:Nov. 12, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:PERU

Brief Description 

    

Sinala.A is a worm that spreads by exploiting a vulnerability called MHTML in the Outlook Express mail program. This flaw allows a hacker to send a program to the affected computer and run it.

Sinala.A reaches computer in an e-mail message from demionklaz@hotmail.com or another address the worm has stolen from the Outlook Address book or the MSN Messenger contact list on the affected computer. This message is easy to recognize, as it includes an attached file called: ALANIS.EXE.

Sinala.A also spreads through P2P programs in files with an EXE or SCR extension and with the same icon as AVI video files.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Sinala.A has affected a computer is the following Windows error message displayed on screen:

Sinala.A also tries to access the disk drive every so often.