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File Encryptor moves to the west...

Unread postby Chachazz » February 26th, 2006, 7:40 pm

File encryptor moves to the west
February 24, 2006 | 14:23 GMT
We've already written about malware which encrypts files and then demands payment for decryption on several occasions.

These Trojans were found mostly in Russia. However yesterday we came across a worm with a German (speaking) background, Email-Worm.Win32.Skowor.b.

It doesn't have true Email-Worm functionality, but as it's closely connected to Email-Worm.Win32.Skowor.a we have decided to keep it in the same class.

In contrary to programs like GPCode, Skowor is able to replicate; it tries to spread via a share that it creates.

When installed, the worm displays a message telling the user that s/he has 5 pc reboots in order to get a password which can be used to uninstall the worm. If the user doesn't do this, the worm will encrypt a number of important files and change the Administrator and current user password.

The worm also changes the IE start page to the author's website....

Source: VirusList Analysts Diary»
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Unread postby amateur » February 26th, 2006, 7:55 pm

:shock:

Luckily (for now) the author's website was taken down on Feb 23rd according to Viruslist.com
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Unread postby Chachazz » February 26th, 2006, 7:59 pm

glad to see it has been read, amateur

....and final comment of the article is:

None the less it's a sign of what is to come.
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Unread postby amateur » February 26th, 2006, 8:17 pm

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None the less it's a sign of what is to come.


How true and very scary :shock:
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