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  3. W32.Ganda.A@mm


Risk Level 2: Low

March 17, 2003
February 13, 2007 11:44:32 AM
Also Known As:
W32/Ganda@MM [McAfee], Ganda [F-Secure], Win32/Ganda.A@mm [RAV], W32/Ganda.A@mm [Norman], Win32.Ganda.A [CA], W32/Ganda-A [Sophos], PE_GANDA.A [Trend], I-Worm.Ganda [KAV]
Systems Affected:

W32.Ganda.A@mm is a mass-mailing worm that sends email to the contacts in the Windows Address Book. The worm contains its own SMTP engine and attempts to use the computer's default SMTP server, or an open mail server in Sweden, for email propagation.

W32.Ganda.A@mm sends two email messages with the following characteristics, in Swedish or English, depending on the infected systems' language:

  • Olaglig_skärmsläckare?
  • Rashets eller inte?
  • Hakkors.
  • Suspekta semaforer.
  • Avskyvärd_reklam.
  • Överviktiga_förnedras.
  • Go ack ack ack....
  • Är_USA_ett_UFO?
  • Korkad president.
  • Katt, hund, kanin.
  • Screensaver advice.
  • Spy pics.
  • GO USA !!!!
  • G.W Bush animation.
  • Is USA a UFO?
  • Is USA always number one?
  • LINUX.
  • Nazi propaganda?
  • Catlover.
  • Disgusting propaganda.

Attachment: [a-z][a-z].scr

The worm also attempts to terminate the services of several antivirus and security products.

This worm appears to have originated in Sweden.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version March 17, 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 8, 2016 revision 023
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 17, 2003 revision 004
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 9, 2016 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 19, 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Brian Ewell

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