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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SpyBot.AEL

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpyBot.AEL
Technical name:Bck/SpyBot.AEL
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It sends the information it has captured to a remote user. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It downloads files from several websites. It spreads , through P2P programs, via IRC.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 19, 2006
Detection updated on:Aug. 19, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SpyBot.AEL is a Trojan, which although seemingly inoffensive, can actually carry out attacks and intrusions.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: .

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

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC.

 

SpyBot.AEL accesses several websites to download files, which it then runs. These can be any type of file, although they are normally malware.

 

SpyBot.AEL 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.
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs: it makes copies of itself with enticing names in shared folders belonging to these programs. Other users of this type of networks then voluntarily download and run the infected files.
  • IRC: It sends a copy of itself to all users connected to the channel to which the infected user is connected.