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Discovered: October 17, 2001
Updated: February 13, 2007 11:50:46 AM
Type: Trojan Horse

Septer.Trojan is a Trojan horse that disguises itself as an appeal for donations from the American Red Cross. If you fill out the form, the Trojan saves the information to a file and then uploads it to a Web site.

The American Red Cross Web site is at .

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 17, 2001
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 08, 2016 revision 023
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 17, 2001
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 09, 2016 revision 001

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Technical Description

Septer.Trojan is a Trojan horse that attempts to steal credit card information. It comes as an executable file, and it tries to make you believe that it came from the American Red Cross.

All samples received so far have had the following icon:

When executed, it displays the following form:

The text on the form is as follows:

Terrorist Attacks

On September 11, 2001, America was hit with the worst strike of terrorism in history. Attacks on the
World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., as well as the crash of
flight #93 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania have resulted in countless injuries and the loss of
thousands of lives.

Your Support is Needed

In response to these attacks, United Way and The New York Community Trust have established
The September 11th Fund. Your contribution will be used to help respond to the immediate and
longer-term needs of the victims, their families, and communities affected by the events of
September 11.

Please, donate now.

If you try to close the form, it displays the message:

Please enter information.

This file is not sent by the American Red Cross.

If the information is filled in, the data will be saved to a file and uploaded to a Web site.


Symantec Security Response encourages all users and administrators to adhere to the following basic security "best practices":

  • Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
  • Enforce a password policy. Complex passwords make it difficult to crack password files on compromised computers. This helps to prevent or limit damage when a computer is compromised.
  • Ensure that programs and users of the computer use the lowest level of privileges necessary to complete a task. When prompted for a root or UAC password, ensure that the program asking for administration-level access is a legitimate application.
  • Disable AutoPlay to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives, and disconnect the drives when not required. If write access is not required, enable read-only mode if the option is available.
  • Turn off file sharing if not needed. If file sharing is required, use ACLs and password protection to limit access. Disable anonymous access to shared folders. Grant access only to user accounts with strong passwords to folders that must be shared.
  • Turn off and remove unnecessary services. By default, many operating systems install auxiliary services that are not critical. These services are avenues of attack. If they are removed, threats have less avenues of attack.
  • If a threat exploits one or more network services, disable, or block access to, those services until a patch is applied.
  • Always keep your patch levels up-to-date, especially on computers that host public services and are accessible through the firewall, such as HTTP, FTP, mail, and DNS services.
  • Configure your email server to block or remove email that contains file attachments that are commonly used to spread threats, such as .vbs, .bat, .exe, .pif and .scr files.
  • Isolate compromised computers quickly to prevent threats from spreading further. Perform a forensic analysis and restore the computers using trusted media.
  • Train employees not to open attachments unless they are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser vulnerabilities are not patched.
  • If Bluetooth is not required for mobile devices, it should be turned off. If you require its use, ensure that the device's visibility is set to "Hidden" so that it cannot be scanned by other Bluetooth devices. If device pairing must be used, ensure that all devices are set to "Unauthorized", requiring authorization for each connection request. Do not accept applications that are unsigned or sent from unknown sources.
  • For further information on the terms used in this document, please refer to the Security Response glossary.


Run LiveUpdate to make sure that you have the most recent virus definitions.

  1. Start Norton AntiVirus (NAV), and make sure that NAV is configured to scan all files. For instructions on how to do this, read the document How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. Delete all files that are detected as Septer.Trojan.

Writeup By: Neal Hindocha