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W32/Honk

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:W32/Honk
Technical name:W32/Honk.A
Threat level:Medium
Alias:honk
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It downloads or drops other malware. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , across the Internet, by infecting files that are then distributed.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 3, 2006
Detection updated on:Aug. 3, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:CHINA

Brief Description 

    

W32/Honk is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: downloads or drops other malware on the computer: Downloader.JTU.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It injects itself in running processes.

 

W32/Honk 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.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.

 

W32/Honk uses the following infection strategies:

  • Resident: once it has been run, the virus goes memory resident and stops functions belonging to the operating system. Therefore, every time the operating system or an application tries to access any of these functions, the virus will activate and infect new files.