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It spreads and affects other computers.
It does not spread automatically using its own means.
|First detected on:||April 14, 2003|
|Detection updated on:||July 1, 2003|
Merkur is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.
Merkur uses the following propagation or distribution methods:
- Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
- File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.