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Gaobot.OGC

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gaobot.OGC
Technical name:W32/Gaobot.OGC.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It generates a large amount of network traffic activity with the consequent consumption of bandwidth. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities, across the Internet, via IRC, via mapped drives, through shared network resources, through instant messaging.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 27, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 27, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Gaobot.OGC 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: passwords saved by certain Windows services; keystrokes, in order to obtain information for accessing online banking services, passwords and other confidential information.

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, 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 changes the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level; it notifies the attacker that the computer has been compromised and is ready to be used maliciously; it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC or FTP; it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

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.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

Gaobot.OGC 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.
  • IRC: It sends a copy of itself to all users connected to the channel to which the infected user is connected.
  • Instant messaging: it sends links pointing to a copy of itself to all users included in the infected user's contacts list.
  • 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.