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VBS.Merlin.C@mm

Risk Level 2: Low

Discovered:
August 8, 2001
Updated:
February 13, 2007 11:59:27 AM
Type:
Worm

VBS.Merlin.C@mm is a mass-mailing worm written in the Visual Basic Scripting (VBS) language. The worm spreads by emailing itself to all contacts in the Microsoft Outlook address book. It can also spread across network drives and by using an IRC client and Gnotella (a client used on the Gnutella network). Its main payload attempts to create 10,000 randomly named folders in the root of drive C and places a text file into each of these folders.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version August 8, 2001
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 28, 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 8, 2001
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date pending
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Threat Assessment

Wild

  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Moderate

Damage

  • Damage Level: Medium

Distribution

  • Distribution Level: High
Writeup By: Kaoru Hayashi

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