Threat description




Hard is a Visual Basic Script mass mailer (worm) that tries to disguise a virus warning.


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Technical Details


Hard.A worm spreads to all resipients listed in Outlook Express address book. It arrives in a message that looks as follows:

----- Original Message -----

 From: warning@symantec.com

 To: supervisor@av.net; security@softtools.com;

 mark_fyston@storess.net; directorcut@ufp.com;

 pjeterov@goldenhit.org; kim_di_yung@freeland.ch;


 Subject: FW: Symantec Anti-Virus Warning


 There is a new worm on the Net.

 This worm is very fast-spreading and very dangerous!

 Symantec has first noticed it on April 04, 2001.

 The attached file is a description of the worm and how it

 replicates itself.

 With regards,

 F. Jones

 Symantec senior developer

 Attachment: www.symantec.com.vbs

Hard.A contaians a payload that activates on November 24. Then the worm shows a message box with the following title and text:

	Some shocking news 	Don't look surprised! 	It is only a warning about your stupidity
	Take care!

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