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MadCoffee.C

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MadCoffee.C
Technical name:W32/MadCoffee.C.worm
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Email-Worm.Win32.VB.cb
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 20, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 20, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

MadCoffee.C 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: .

 

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.

 

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

  • It uses techniques included in its code to hide itself while it is active.

 

MadCoffee.C 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.