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KaKill.B

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:KaKill.B
Technical name:W32/KaKill.B.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It opens one or more ports to allow remote access to the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , through P2P programs, through shared network resources.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 13, 2006
Detection updated on:March 13, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

KaKill.B is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it opens one or more ports to allow remote access to the computer and takes action that compromises user confidentiality.

 

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.

 

KaKill.B 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.
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs: it makes copies of itself with enticing names in shared folders belonging to these programs. Other users of this type of networks then voluntarily download and run the infected files.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.

 

Visible Symptoms

 

KaKill.B is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It displays false error messages when it is run.