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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Hoog.A

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Hoog.A
Technical name:Constructor/Hoog.A
Threat level:Medium
Type:Security Risk
Subtype: Virus Constructor
Effects:   It is a program that can be used for creating new malware specimens.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 4, 2006
Detection updated on:May 4, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Hoog.A is a security risk for the computer in which it is present. This program, which allows new examples of malware to be created simply and easily from a series of options defined by the user, can be used maliciously with the consequent risk of infection.

 

Hoog.A prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).

Hoog.A redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

Hoog.A redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.

 

Hoog.A 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.