The Zhelatin.CT worm started to spread on April 13th, 2007. The worm spreads in e-mails with love-related subjects and with attachments named "Love Card.exe", "Greeting Card.exe" and so on. A bit later the same variant spread using security-related subjects.
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The functionality of the Zhelatin.CT worm variant is similar to Zhelatin.CQ , however the subjects and attachment names it uses are different.
On April 13th several e-mails with love themed subjects were seen in the wild. While some of the subjects are a rehash of previously used subjects such as Sending You My Love, The Dance of Love, and When I'm With You, others are new:
- A Dream is a Wish
- A Is For Attitude
- Eternal Love
- Eternity of Your Love
- Falling In Love with You
- Hugging My Pillow
- Inside My Heart
- Kisses Through E-mail
- Our Journey
- Sent with Love
- When Love Comes Knocking
- You're In My Thoughts
- You're the One
The e-mail messages themselves have no text, instead, they have attached executables with romantic sounding filenames. These include:
- Love Card.exe
- Love Postcard.exe
- Greeting Card.exe
Here is an example of the worm's e-mail:
A second run occurred after a few hours. This time, the subjects were security related:
- Spyware Alert!
- Virus Alert!
- Worm Alert!
- Worm Detected!
Furthermore, the message body is an image file which advises the receiver to patch their systems. Also included within the image is a password in order to extract the attachment. Here is an example:
Something new to the Zhelatin family is the use of a password protected Zip archive as an attachment. The filenames vary but they have the following format:
- patch-[4 to 5 random numerical characters].zip
- hotfix-[4 to 5 random numerical characters].zip
The executable contained within the Zip archive has the same name as that of the archive but with an EXE extension.
Detection Type: PC