NaughtyRobot

Classification

Malware

Hoax

W32

NaughtyRobot

Summary

This is not a virus but a widespread hoax. Somebody has been distributing email messages like the one below on the internet.

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

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  • Submit a sample

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    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

Subject: EMERGENCY - security breached by NaughtyRobot
 This message was sent to you by NaughtyRobot, an Internet spider that
 crawls into your server through a tiny hole in the World Wide Web.
 NaughtyRobot exploits a security bug in HTTP and has visited your host
 system to collect personal, private, and sensitive information.
 It has captured your Email and physical addresses, as well as your phone
 and credit card numbers.
To protect yourself against the misuse of this
 information, do the following:

1. alert your server SysOp,

2. contact your local police,

3. disconnect your telephone, and

4. report your credit cards as lost.
 Act at once.
Remember: only YOU can prevent DATA fires.
 This has been a public service announcement from the makers of
 NaughtyRobot -- CarJacking its way onto the Information SuperHighway.

Also see an article in the Wired magazine about this hoax: https://www.wired.com/news/culture/story/1798.html