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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Spymaster.A

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spymaster.A
Technical name:Trj/Spymaster.A
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Subtype: Keylogger
Effects:  

It logs the keystrokes typed by the user, the accessed websites, the programs that are being run, and sends the gathered information to an FTP site. It can be distributed via email in a message with an attached file.

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Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95/3.X

First detected on:Jan. 8, 2006
Detection updated on:Aug. 26, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spymaster.A is a keylogger type Trojan that logs the keystrokes typed by the user, in order to obtain passwords or any other sensitive information, and monitors the accessed websites.

Additionally, it can view the programs that are being run, and the files that the user creates, modifies or deletes.

Then, the gathered information is stored in a log file and is sent to an FTP site.

Spymaster.A does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. Spymaster.A is usually distributed via email, in a message that contains an attached file called SERVER.EXE, though it could have another file name.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Spymaster.A is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.