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Home --> Computers --> Virus Hoaxes & Realities --> Netsky

Netsky

Virus name:   Netsky.

Status:   Real.

Origins:   Netsky is a mass-mailing worm that affects only Microsoft NT and Windows-based systems. It spreads by sending itself as an e-mail attachment to addresses found on victims' machines and by copying itself to shared folders to spread via P2P and local networks.

The e-mail messages through which Netsky spreads itself are quite short (a one-line message body, accompanying an attachment with a relatively short filename), but they can be difficult to keep track of because Netsky draws from a large list of variable names for its subject lines and message text.

A Netsky-infected e-mail may bear one of the following words or phrases as its subject line or message body:
  • *lol*
  • ;-)
  • <09580985869gj>
  • a crazy doc about you
  • abuse?
  • account?
  • already?
  • another pic, have fun! ... :->
  • Antispam is turned off. See file!
  • are you a photographer?
  • are you a teacherin the picture?
  • are you cranky?
  • are you the naked one?
  • are you the naked person!
  • are you the one?
  • attachi#
  • Authentification required. Read the attachment!
  • be mad?
  • believe me
  • best?
  • bob the builder
  • child or adult?
  • child porn?
  • classroom test of you?
  • copyright?
  • correct it!
  • dear
  • Delivery Failed
  • denied!
  • did you ask me for that?
  • did you know from this document?
  • did you know that?
  • did you see her already?
  • did you sent it to me?
  • do not give up!
  • do not open the attachment!
  • do not show this anyone!
  • do not use my document!
  • do not use this creditcard!
  • do not visit the pages on the list I sent!
  • do you have an orgasm in the picture?
  • do you have sex in the picture?
  • do you have the bug also?
  • do you have?
  • do you know the thief?
  • do you know this????
  • do you think so?
  • doc about me?
  • doc?
  • docs?
  • does it belong to you?
  • does it match?
  • does it matter?
  • drugs? ...
  • error
  • excellent!
  • exception
  • excuse me
  • explain!
  • fake?
  • fast food...
  • feel free to use it.
  • File is bad.
  • File is damaged.
  • File is self-decryting.
  • forgotten?
  • from the chatter (my photo!)
  • from your lover ;-)
  • gonna?
  • good morning
  • good work!
  • great job!
  • great xxx!
  • great!
  • greetings
  • hello
  • help attached
  • her.
  • here is it.
  • Here is it
  • here is my advice.
  • here is my photo!
  • here is the $%%454$
  • here is the
  • here is the document.
  • here is the next one!
  • here is yours!
  • here, the cheats
  • here, the introduction
  • here, the serials
  • hey
  • hi
  • how?
  • i am desperate
  • i am speachless about your document!
  • I don't know your document!
  • i don't think so.
  • i don't want your xxx pics!
  • i found that about you!
  • i found this document about you.
  • i have received this.
  • I have your password!
  • i hope thats not true!
  • i know your document!
  • i like your doc!
  • i lost that
  • i need you!
  • i saw you last week!
  • I 've found your bill!
  • I wait for an answer!
  • i wait for your comment about it.
  • i want more...
  • illegal st. of you?
  • illegal...
  • I'm back!
  • important?
  • important
  • in your mind?
  • incest?
  • info
  • information about you?
  • instruct me about this!
  • is that criminal?
  • is that possible?
  • is that the reality?
  • is that true?
  • is that your account?
  • is that your attachment?
  • is that your beast?
  • is that your car?
  • is that your cd?
  • is that your creditcard?
  • is that your domain?
  • is that your family?
  • is that your finger?
  • is that your message?
  • is that your name?
  • is that your photo?
  • is that your porn pic?
  • is that your privacy?
  • is that your slip?
  • is that your TAN?
  • is that your website?
  • is that your wife?
  • is that your work?
  • is that yours?
  • is the pic a fake?
  • is this information about you?
  • it's a secret!
  • its me
  • its private from me
  • it's so similar as yours!
  • i've found it about you
  • kill him on the picture!
  • kill the writer of this document!
  • last chance!
  • let it!
  • lets talk about it!
  • Login required! Read the attachment!
  • lol
  • love letter?
  • man or women?
  • meaning of that?
  • message?
  • Microsoft
  • misc. and so on. see you!
  • modifications?
  • moin
  • money?
  • msg
  • my advice....
  • never!
  • new patch is available!
  • notice!
  • notification
  • oh
  • ok...
  • old photos about you?
  • only encrypted!
  • pages?
  • personal message!
  • picture?
  • poor quality!
  • possible?
  • pretty pic about you?
  • private?
  • pwd?
  • Question
  • question
  • Re: <5664ddff?$??§2>
  • Re: does it?
  • Re: excuse me
  • Re: hello
  • Re: hey
  • Re: hi
  • Re: important
  • Re: information
  • Re: Re: Re: Re:
  • Re: unknown
  • re:
  • read it immediatelly
  • read it immediately!
  • read the details.
  • really?
  • reply
  • report
  • schoolfriend?
  • see this!
  • see your name!
  • solve the problem!
  • something about you!
  • something for you
  • something is going ...
  • something is going wrong!
  • something is not ok
  • Status
  • stolen
  • stuff about you?
  • such as yours?
  • take it easy!
  • take it
  • tell me more about your document!
  • test it
  • that is interesting...
  • that's a funny text.
  • that's not the truth?
  • thats wrong!
  • the information is wrong!
  • the truth?
  • this file is bad!
  • this is an attachment message!
  • this is nothing for kids!
  • time to fear?
  • Transaction failed. Show the doc!
  • trial?
  • trust me
  • try this patch!
  • warning
  • what do you think about it?
  • what means that?
  • what still?
  • what?
  • what's up?
  • who?
  • why should I?
  • why?
  • wrong calculation! (see the attachment!)
  • xxx ?
  • xxx about you?
  • xxx service
  • Yep
  • yes.
  • you are a bad writer
  • you are bad
  • You are infected. Read the details!
  • you are naked in this document!
  • you are sexy in this doc!
  • you cannot hide yourself! (see photo)
  • you earn money, see the attachment!
  • you feel the same.
  • you have a postcard from Hawaii
  • you have a sexy body in the pic!
  • you have done a mistake in the document!
  • you have tried to steal!
  • you look like an ape!
  • you look like an rat?
  • you won the rk!
  • you?
  • your account is expired!
  • your are naked?
  • your attachment? verify it.
  • Your bill.
  • your body?
  • your design is not good!
  • your document is not good
  • your document is silly!
  • your eyes?
  • your face?
  • your hero in the picture?
  • your icq number?
  • your job? (I found that!)
  • your lie is going around the world!
  • your name is wrong!
  • your personal record?
  • your photo is poor
  • Your provider will be disabled!
  • your TAN number?
  • yours?
A Netsky e-mail will include an attachment with any of the following as its filename:
  • aboutyou
  • associal
  • attach2
  • auction
  • transfer
  • bill
  • birth
  • card
  • concert
  • moonlight
  • death
  • details
  • description
  • creditcard
  • dinner
  • disco
  • doc
  • yours
  • doc_ang
  • jokes
  • document
  • final
  • found
  • freaky
  • image
  • incest
  • information
  • sexy
  • injection
  • intimate stuff
  • letter
  • location
  • mail2
  • mails
  • masturbation
  • material
  • me
  • message
  • talk
  • msg2
  • music
  • myaunt
  • mydate
  • naked1
  • naked2
  • news
  • nomoney
  • note
  • nothing
  • misc
  • number_phone
  • object
  • old_photos
  • part2
  • party
  • paypal
  • pic
  • attachment
  • portmoney
  • posting
  • poster
  • privacy
  • id
  • product
  • class_photos
  • ps
  • ranking
  • regards
  • website
  • more
  • regid
  • release
  • response
  • schock
  • secrets
  • sexual
  • shower
  • story
  • stuff
  • swimmingpool
  • tear
  • textfile
  • topseller
  • trash
  • undefinied
  • unfolds
  • friend
  • update
  • violence
  • visa
  • warez
  • webcam
  • wife
  • word_doc
  • worker
  • your_stuff
A Netsky removal tool is available on the Symantec Security web site.

Additional Information:
  W32.Netsky.C@mm W32.Netsky.C@mm
(Symantec)
  NetSky.C NetSky.C
(F-Secure)
  W32/Netsky.c@MM W32/Netsky.c@MM
(McAfee)
Last updated:   29 January 2008

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  Sources Sources:
    Legon, Jeordan.   "Experts: Vicious Worm 'Linux War' Weapon."
    CNN.   27 January 2004.