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Latinchat

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Latinchat
Technical name:Hacktool/Latinchat
Threat level:Low
Type:Hacking Tool
Subtype: Flooder
Effects:  It sends a large amount of information packets and sends a large number of service request packets.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Feb. 23, 2006
Detection updated on:Feb. 23, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Latinchat is a hacking tool. Although these tools are not viruses, they are considered as dangerous for the victims of attacks. Latinchat has the following functions:

  • Flooder: It sends multiple information packets in order to block the target computer. A flooder is normally used to attack IRC channels or standalone computers. It can also result in a denial of service (DoS) if the attacked computer is a server.
  • DoS: DoS attacks are launched by sending a large number of service re-quest packets from one computer to a specific server. This server is un-able to answer to all the requests and is flooded, preventing legitimate users from accessing its services.

 

Latinchat does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.