Two New Malicious E-Mails: One Stings, the Other Doesn't

Once again, two virus-related e-mails are making the rounds. The good news is that neither one is particularly harmful. The bad news is that each may well slip through virus protection schemes that haven't been recently updated. Read about the new virus Gokar, and the re-emergence of the SULFNBK.EXE hoax here.

By Jim Freund | Posted Dec 14, 2001
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Once again, two virus-related e-mails are making the rounds. The good news is that neither one is particularly harmful. The bad news is that each may well slip through virus protection schemes that haven't been recently updated, and can thereby cause networkers and IT personnel to expend valuable time and energy.

The first is a new virus known as Gokar.A. So far, this seems to be primarily an exercise in propagation, as the end result of the malicious program does nothing beyond creating a HTML page which states "We Are Forever".

The most likely way you'd encounter Gokar is as an e-mail, whose characteristics change randomly. The Subject line will be any one of the following:

  • ... and there's no need to be scared, you re always on my mind.
  • And I miss you most of all, my darling ...
  • Darling, when did you fall? When was it over?
  • I can't help this longing, comfort me.
  • I like this calm, moments before the storm
  • I will always be with you sometimes black sometimes white ...
  • If I were God and didn't believe in myself would it be blasphemy?
  • It's dark in here; you can feel it all around. The underground.
  • Just one kiss, will make it better; just one kiss, and we will be alright.
  • The air will hold you if you try, trust my wings of desire. Glory, Glorified...
  • The A-Team VS KnightRider ... who would win?
  • The horizons lean forward, offering us space to place new steps of change.
  • When autumn leaves start to fall
  • You just take a giant step, one step higher.
The text of the message will be from among these:
  • Darling, when did you fall..when was it over ?
  • Got some more stuff to tell you later but I can't stop right now
  • Happy Birthday
  • I like this calm, moments before the storm
  • Pretty good either way though, isn't it ?
  • so I'll email you later or give you a ring if thats ok ?!
  • speak to you later
  • Speak to you later
  • still cause for a celebration though, check out the details I attached
  • The horizons lean forward, offering us space to place new steps of change.
  • They say love is blind ... well, the attachment probably proves it.
  • This made me laugh
  • Will you meet me .... and we'll fly away ?!
  • Yeah ok, so it's not yours it's mine :)
  • You should like this, it could have been made for you
The attachment's filename is also random, consisting of gibberish and an extension of either exe, com, scr, pif, or bat.

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