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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Samony.A

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Samony.A
Technical name:W32/Samony.A.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It can receive remote control orders, log the keystrokes typed by the user, harvest passwords, etc. It spreads via email.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 19, 2005
Detection updated on:Oct. 26, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Samony.A is a worm with backdoor characteristics that remains listening to port 321, in order to receive control commands, which allow the affected computer to be remotely administrated. It can be instructed to download, run, copy and delete files, list directories, etc.

It obtains the passwords stored in the system, such as those belonging to Protected Storage, including Outlook or Internet Explorer keys. It also logs the keystrokes typed by the user, thus posing a threat to the user's confidentiality.

Additionally, Samony.A spreads via email in a message that deals with Skype, which is a telephony over IP program.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Samony.A is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an email message with the following characteristics:

Subject:
Skylook for Skype

Message:
Hello, You asked me to send you Skylook - here it is:

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Skylook attaché


Attachments:
SKYLOOK_1.EXE