- 19 March 2001
- 13 February 2007
- Also Known As:
When executed, VBS.Staple.A@mm displays a message and then sends email to the first 50 recipients in your Microsoft Outlook address book. Definitions dated prior to March 20, 2001, detect this as Bloodhound.VBS.Worm.
Antivirus Protection Dates
- Initial Rapid Release version 19 March 2001
- Latest Rapid Release version 28 September 2010 revision 054
- Initial Daily Certified version 19 March 2001
- Latest Daily Certified version 28 September 2010 revision 036
- Initial Weekly Certified release date pending
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Upon execution, this Visual Basic Script virus drops a copy of itself in the \Windows\System folder and displays a message box titled:
HELP US TO STOP THE BLOOD SHED!!
The message is:
PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES FOR DISTURBING YOU.
Remember that one day YOU may be in this situation. We need every possible help....THESE CRIMINAL ACTS CANNOT BE FORGIVEN OR FORGOTTEN!!!! HELP US TO STOP THE BLOOD SHED!!
It then sends itself out to the first 50 recipients in the Microsoft Outlook address book. A sample of the email is as follows:
Subject : RE:Injustice
Message Body : Dear <email address>/ <Sir> Did you send the attached message, I was not expecting this from you !
Attachment : INJUSTICE.TXT.VBS
The virus then adds the value
to the following registry key:
This ensures that the message will only be sent one time to each recipient.
The virus sends a copy of itself to various U.S. and foreign government email addresses. It also tries to access the following Web sites using Internet Explorer:
Symantec Security Response encourages all users and administrators to adhere to the following basic security "best practices":
- Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
- Enforce a password policy. Complex passwords make it difficult to crack password files on compromised computers. This helps to prevent or limit damage when a computer is compromised.
- Ensure that programs and users of the computer use the lowest level of privileges necessary to complete a task. When prompted for a root or UAC password, ensure that the program asking for administration-level access is a legitimate application.
- Disable AutoPlay to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives, and disconnect the drives when not required. If write access is not required, enable read-only mode if the option is available.
- Turn off file sharing if not needed. If file sharing is required, use ACLs and password protection to limit access. Disable anonymous access to shared folders. Grant access only to user accounts with strong passwords to folders that must be shared.
- Turn off and remove unnecessary services. By default, many operating systems install auxiliary services that are not critical. These services are avenues of attack. If they are removed, threats have less avenues of attack.
- If a threat exploits one or more network services, disable, or block access to, those services until a patch is applied.
- Always keep your patch levels up-to-date, especially on computers that host public services and are accessible through the firewall, such as HTTP, FTP, mail, and DNS services.
- Configure your email server to block or remove email that contains file attachments that are commonly used to spread threats, such as .vbs, .bat, .exe, .pif and .scr files.
- Isolate compromised computers quickly to prevent threats from spreading further. Perform a forensic analysis and restore the computers using trusted media.
- Train employees not to open attachments unless they are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser vulnerabilities are not patched.
- If Bluetooth is not required for mobile devices, it should be turned off. If you require its use, ensure that the device's visibility is set to "Hidden" so that it cannot be scanned by other Bluetooth devices. If device pairing must be used, ensure that all devices are set to "Unauthorized", requiring authorization for each connection request. Do not accept applications that are unsigned or sent from unknown sources.
- For further information on the terms used in this document, please refer to the Security Response glossary.
To remove this worm:
- Run LiveUpdate to make sure that you have the most recent virus definitions.
- Start Norton AntiVirus (NAV), and run a full system scan, making sure that NAV is set to scan all files.
- Delete any files detected as VBS.Staple.A@mm.
- (Optional) Delete the value &malead from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WAB registry key.
NOTE: This value, although added by the worm, has no adverse affect on your system. If you are comfortable modifying the registry, you can safely delete it.