NetSky.I, W32/NetSky.I@mm, I-Worm.NetSky.i, W32.NetSky.I@mm


A new variant of Netsky worm - Netsky.I was found on March 7th, 2004. This worm variant sends messages with an attachment name that looks like a hyperlink to INDEX.SCR file.

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Technical Details

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The worm's file is a PE executable file 22016 bytes long, packed with PE-Pack file compressor. The unpacked file's size is over 27 kilobytes.

NetSky.I worm has a few modifications comparing to previous variants:

  • The worm uses a different mutex: "KO[SkyNet.cz]SystemsMutex"
  • The worm has a bit different message for Bagle And Mydoom worm authors
  • On March 5th, 2004 the worm constantly beeps with PC speaker from 11:00 to 11:59. Below is the link to the WAV file with the sound that the worm makes: https://www.f-secure.com/virus-info/v-pics/netsky_d.wav
  • The worm uses the following subject texts:
    • Mail account deactivated
    • Mail account closed
    • Mail account expired
    The worm uses the following message body texts:
    • Your mail account expired. Please follow the link to reactivate.
    • Your mail account has been closed. Click on the link for further details.
    • Your mail account has been deactivated. To reactivate, follow the link.
    The worm sends itself as an attachment which name looks like a hyperlink:
    • http://www.[recipient's_domain] /[recipients's_user_name] /index.scr
    Where the [recipient's_domain] represents the domain name and suffix of an infected message's recipient and the [recipients's_user_name] represents the user name of a recipient.
  • The sender's name of an infected message is always 'service@[recipient's_domain] ' where [recipient's_domain] represents the domain name and suffix of an infected message's recipient.
  • The worm installs itself to system as FOODING.EXE file.
  • The worm creates the startup key named 'Tiny AV' for its file in System Registry.