On March 5th, 2001, F-Secure received several report about this worm. Due to efforts made by F-Secure Corporation and its Italian partner Symbolic S.p.A, the web page that contains the main part of the worm has been disabled in a few hours. On that way spreading of the worm has been stopped.
This worm arrives in a message that has the following content:
Vierika is here
The attachment contains a small script, that lowers Internet Explorer security zone settings and also changes the start page to an Italian site. This page contains a script code, which is the main part of the worm.
Next time when Internet Explorer is started, the browser will connect to the infected page. Since security zone settings are lowered by the first part of the worm ("Vierika.JPG.vbs"), the second part ("Vindex.html") is able to execute directly from the web site.
This part will first drop a file "c:\Vierika.JPG.vbs" that is the first part of the worm, and spread it using Microsoft Outlook to to each recipient in every address book.
The page that contains the second (mass mailing) part of the worm looks as follows:
THE MATRIX IS CONTROL
To restore the Internet Explorer start page setting, change or remove the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
Also the Internet security zone setting should be restored from "Tools/Internet Options/Security" dialog at least to "Medium" level.
This variant arrives in a message that have the same content with VBS/Vierika.A@mm. However, the worm is modified slightly and it uses a web page located at Geocities server. The web page is modified as well:
now you are free
MATRIX IS CONTROL
After mass mailing, VBS/Vierika.B replaces "C:\Vierika.JPG.vbs" with a file that contains only the following word:
F-Secure Anti-Virus has a heuristic that detects this worm. This detection is included in updates released before March 5th, 2001.