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Agent.BRQ

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Agent.BRQ
Technical name:Bck/Agent.BRQ
Threat level:Medium
Type:Backdoor
Effects:   It allows to gain remote access to the affected computer. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It opens one or more ports to allow remote access to the computer. It downloads files from several websites. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , across the Internet.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 30, 2006
Detection updated on:March 30, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Agent.BRQ is a backdoor that allows hackers to gain remote access to the affected computer in order to carry out actions that compromise user confidentiality and impede the tasks performed on the computer.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: keystrokes, in order to obtain information for accessing online banking services, passwords and other confidential information; user's browsing habits.

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, etc.

 

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.

 

Agent.BRQ accesses several websites to download files, which it then runs. These can be any type of file, although they are normally malware.

 

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.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

Agent.BRQ 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.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.

 

Visible Symptoms

 

Agent.BRQ is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It displays false error messages when it is run.