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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....
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