- Jan 23, 2003
Just got this in a e-mail from Message Labs.
The details of the new virus are as follows:
Virus name: W32/Sadhound.A
Number of copies seen so far: 2,704
Date first Captured: 25th Jan 2003
Origin of first intercepted copy: Netherlands
Number of countries seen active: 1
Most active countries: Netherlands
On 25th January 2003, MessageLabs intercepted the first copies of a new virus called W32/Sadhound.A. To date, all of the copies that we have thus far stopped all originated from the same IP address in the Netherlands. Therefore, at this time, we are unsure as to whether this is a seeding of a trojan, broken malware, or a mass-mailer.
Initial analysis suggests this is a dropper-program, depositing a mass-mailer with a backdoor and a mIRC component; however, this has yet to be confirmed.
From the copies that MessageLabs have intercepted, the email may be composed as follows:
I Miss You
The email body contains the following text:
I Miss You
Attachment file names include:
Bloods.jpg (11,507) a picture of a sad-looking bloodhound,
hence the name
bgg.jpg (2,680) a background image
Missingyou.htm .pf.htm or Missingyou.pif (11,296) since the name
and filename are different in the MIME header.
Skeptic detected W32/Sadhound.A heuristically.