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MyDoom.O Designed to Target Search Engines
New York, NY – July 26, 2004 (3:00 pm ET) - MessageLabs, the leading provider of managed email security services to businesses worldwide, is advising computer users that W32.Mydoom.O contains multiple search engine URLs and is using them to harvest additional domain email addresses.
MyDoom.O searches user files (DOC TXT HTM and HTML) for domain names, then uses search engines (Lycos, AltaVista, Yahoo and Google) to search for "e-mail" and the harvested domain in order to gain access to other email addresses.
There is a strong likelihood that web-based lists such as phone books, memberships, discussion boards and general user home pages will be harvested by the machine and in turn infect others.
A search on Google using the same "e-mail" + domain method has generated a "Forbidden" message, which may indicate activity on the part of the search engines to thwart the virus.
“Because MyDoom.O contains web site links and directs recipients to specific and targeted sites, this virus is in essence creating distributed Denial of Service attacks against Lycos, AltaVista, Yahoo and Google,” said Mark Sunner, Chief Technology Officer of MessageLabs.
The specific URLs contained in MyDoom.O are:
According to initial intelligence now circulating, MyDoom.O can also harvest emails from any Outlook Windows active on the compromised machine. This will lead to additional propagation via SMTP even after a peak infection period.
Number of copies intercepted so far: 23,000 within first five hours
Time & date first captured: July 26, 2004; 4:40 AM ET
Origin of first intercepted copy: UK
MyDoom.O is a mass-mailing worm with an SMTP engine that sends emails to addresses harvested from infected machines. The sender’s From: email address is forged, and therefore does not indicate the true identity of the sender. MyDoom.O may also spoof from the mailer-daemon@ address, which is typically used to indicate a delivery failure, thus enhancing its social engineering trickery.
The executable file is approximately 27,648 bytes in size. The virus is also packed with UPX v1.0x and stored in a ZIP attachment.
NB: The virus is also being referred to as: MyDoom.M, I-Worm.Mydoom.M, I-Worm.Mydoom. R, and W32/Mydoom.L.
From: Spoofed email address (including mailer-daemon@, noreply@)
Subject: Random (see below)
Size: 27,648 bytes
· delivery failed
· Message could not be delivered
· Mail System Error - Returned Mail
· Delivery reports about your e-mail
· Returned mail: see transcript for details
· Returned mail: Data format error instruction
· "Mail Administrator"
· "Automatic Email Delivery Software"
· "Post Office"
· "The Post Office"
· "Bounced mail"
· "Returned mail"
· "Mail Delivery Subsystem"
MessageLabs detected all strains of this virus proactively, using its unique and patented Skeptic™ predictive heuristics technology.
MessageLabs is the leading provider of managed email security services to businesses worldwide. The company currently protects more than 8,500 businesses around the world from email threats such as viruses, spam and other unwanted content before they reach their networks and without the need for additional hardware or software. Powered by a global network of control towers that currently spans 13 data centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Hong Kong, MessageLabs scans millions of emails a day on behalf of customers such as The British Government, The Bank of New York, Bertelsmann, Bic, CSC, Conde Nast Publications, EMI Music, Diageo, Orange, Random House, SC Johnson and StorageTek. The company has more than 300 channel partners, including BT, Cable & Wireless, CSC, IBM, MCI and Unisys and publishes real-time data and analysis on viruses, spam, phishing scams and other email security threats. MessageLabs’ statistics and experts are frequently quoted in media outlets around the world and its executives regularly speak at industry conferences. For more information on MessageLabs and its industry-leading email security and management services, please visit www.messagelabs.com.