Threat Description



Category: Malware
Type: Email-Worm
Platform: W32
Aliases: W32/Bagway, Email-Worm:W32/Bugbear.K, W32/Bugbear-I, Email-Worm.Win32.Tanatos.k, Tanatos.K


Tanatos (also known as Bugbear) is an e-mail and network worm that also has a backdoor component. This particular variant is similar to the original Tanatos/Bugbear worm that was found in year 2002.


Automatic action

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Technical Details

This Tanatos worm variant spreads in e-mail messages with the following characteristics:


  • !!! WARNING !!!
  • ;)
  • [Fwd: look] ;-)
  • Announcement
  • bad news
  • empty account
  • fantastic
  • Friendly
  • Fwd:
  • good news!
  • Greetings!
  • Greets!
  • Hello!
  • Hi!
  • history screen
  • hmm.."
  • I cannot forget you!
  • I love you!
  • I need photo!!!
  • Interesting...
  • Introduction
  • Is that your password?
  • Just a reminder
  • look
  • Lost & Found
  • Love
  • Me nude
  • New Contests
  • new reading
  • News
  • Old photos
  • Payment notices
  • photo
  • photos
  • Please Help...
  • Re:
  • Report
  • Sex pictures
  • sexy
  • Stats
  • Today Only
  • update
  • various
  • Warning!
  • wow!
  • You are fat!
  • Your Gift

Body text:

  • Pease open an attachment to see the message.
  • Please see Attachment
  • please,read the attach file.
  • see attachment
  • See the attached file
  • See the attached file for more info
  • Take a look to the attachment

Attachment names:

  • a000032.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr
  • girls.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr
  • image.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr
  • love.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr
  • message.txt [lots of spaces] .scr
  • music.mp3 [lots of spaces] .scr
  • myphoto.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr
  • news.doc [lots of spaces] .scr
  • photo.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr
  • pic.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr
  • readme.txt [lots of spaces] .scr
  • song.wav [lots of spaces] .scr
  • video.avi [lots of spaces] .scr
  • you.jpg [lots of spaces] .scr


F-Secure Anti-Virus detects this malware with the following updates:

Detection Type: PC
Database: 2006-01-24_03

Description Created: 2006-04-12 18:04:00.0

Description Last Modified: 2006-05-11 12:16:23.0


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