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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

HotStock

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:HotStock
Technical name:Spammer/HotStock
Threat level:Low
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:   It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , via email.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 24, 2006
Detection updated on:Feb. 24, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

HotStock is a hacking tool. These are programs designed to enable malicious users to cause or facilitate action detrimental to the target computer.

However, under certain circumstances (for example with network administrators), they could be used to check the security status, possible attack channels (in order to minimize risks), etc.

These tools, even though they are not by nature viruses, are considered as dangerous to victims of attacks.

 

  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.
  • On remote sites: it mass mails junk mail (spam).

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It uses techniques included in its code to hide itself while it is active.

 

HotStock uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.