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ControlIRC

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ControlIRC
Technical name:Hacktool/ControlIRC
Threat level:Medium
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:   It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It spreads , via IRC.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95/3.X; IIS

First detected on:July 4, 2006
Detection updated on:July 4, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

ControlIRC 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.

 

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 listens on open ports in order to control the computer remotely.

 

ControlIRC 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.
  • IRC: It sends a copy of itself to all users connected to the channel to which the infected user is connected.