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W32.Gibe@mm

Risk Level 2: Low

Discovered:
March 4, 2002
Updated:
February 13, 2007 11:50:21 AM
Also Known As:
W32/Gibe@mm, WORM_GIBE.A, W32/Gibe-A, I-Worm.Gibe, W32/Gibe.A@mm, Win32.Gibe.A, W32/Gibe@MM
Type:
Trojan Horse, Worm
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows XP

W32.Gibe@mm is a worm that uses Microsoft Outlook and its own SMTP engine to spread. This worm arrives in an email message--which is disguised as a Microsoft Internet Security Update--as the attachment Q216309.exe. The worm also attempts to copy itself to all locally mapped remote drives.



It has been discovered that this worm may distribute corrupted copies of itself which are non-functional. Virus definitions dated March 11, 2002 or later will detect these as W32.Gibe.dam. Files detected as such must be deleted.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version March 5, 2002
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 21, 2012 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 5, 2002
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 21, 2012 revision 032
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 6, 2002
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Threat Assessment

Wild

  • Wild Level: Medium
  • Number of Infections: More than 1000
  • Number of Sites: More than 10
  • Geographical Distribution: High
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Moderate

Damage

  • Damage Level: Medium

Distribution

  • Distribution Level: High
Writeup By: Gor Nazaryan

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