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W32.Ackantta.F@mm

Risk Level 2: Low

Discovered:
June 29, 2009
Updated:
June 30, 2009 7:20:56 AM
Type:
Worm
Infection Length:
Varies
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
W32.Ackantta.F@mm is a mass-mailing worm that spreads through removable drives and sends an email that contains an attachment of itself. It may also download potentially malicious files from the Internet.

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Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version June 29, 2009 revision 068
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 19, 2013 revision 016
  • Initial Daily Certified version June 30, 2009 revision 002
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 1, 2009
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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: Easy

Damage

  • Damage Level: High
  • Payload: Downloads potentially malicious files from the Internet.
  • Large Scale E-mailing: Sends out emails with a copy of itself as an attachment.
  • Compromises Security Settings: Attempts to bypass the Windows Firewall.

Distribution

  • Distribution Level: High
  • Subject of Email: Remembering Michael Jackson
  • Name of Attachment: Michael songs and pictures.zip
  • Size of Attachment: Varies
  • Shared Drives: Attempts to spread through removable drives.
Writeup By: Kaoru Hayashi

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