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June 10, 2002
February 13, 2007 11:39:43 AM
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This worm is a variant of W32.Frethem.B@mm. It uses its own SMTP engine to send itself to email addresses that it finds in the Microsoft Windows Address Book and in .dbx files. The email message arrives with the following characteristics:
Subject: Re: Your password!
Message: <none>
Attachments: Your password placed in password.txt yourpassword.exe

NOTE: Virus definitions dated prior to July 17, 2002 detect this as W32.Frethem.B@mm.

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Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version July 17, 2002
  • Latest Rapid Release version July 17, 2002
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 17, 2002
  • Latest Daily Certified version July 17, 2002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 17, 2002
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Writeup By: Peter Ferrie

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