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Virus Encyclopedia

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BeastDoor.GS

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:BeastDoor.GS
Technical name:Bck/BeastDoor.GS
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Subtype: Backdoor
Effects:   It allows to gain remote access to the affected computer. It spreads and affects other computers.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 11, 2006
Detection updated on:May 11, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    
BeastDoor.GS is a worm with that has backdoor characteristics. BeastDoor.GS spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files. Its main objective is to collapse computers and networks, thus preventing users from working on their computers.
Furthermore, due to its backdoor characteristics, BeastDoor.GS allows hackers to gain remote access to the affected computer. Therefore, hackers will be able to carry out actions that compromise user confidentiality and impede the tasks carried out on the computer.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: email addresses; user's browsing habits; screenshots of actions carried out.

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

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: causes system slowdowns.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth; it carries out denial of service attacks against mail servers on the local network.
  • On remote sites: it mass mails junk mail (spam).

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it terminates processes belonging to security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, leaving the computer defenseless against attacks from other malware; it notifies the attacker that the computer has been compromised and is ready to be used maliciously; it opens one or more ports to allow remote access to the computer and takes action that compromises user confidentiality; it awaits remote-control orders received through other channels.

 

BeastDoor.GS 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 terminates processes corresponding to several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, to prevent detection.

 

BeastDoor.GS 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.