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Sdbot.HST

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sdbot.HST
Technical name:W32/Sdbot.HST.worm
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.apk
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It captures keystrokes. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It uses anti-monitoring techniques in order to prevent it being detected by antivirus companies. It spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities, across the Internet, via mapped drives, through shared network resources.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 14, 2006
Detection updated on:July 14, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Sdbot.HST is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

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.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

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 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 IRC, FTP or other channels; it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

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

 

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

 

It uses several methods in order to avoid detection by antivirus companies:

  • It terminates its own execution if it detects that a memory dump program is running, such as Procdump.
  • It terminates its own execution if it detects that a debugging program is active.

 

Sdbot.HST 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.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.