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Licat.B

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Licat.B
Technical name:W32/Licat.B.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It spreads , through instant messaging.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 15, 2006
Detection updated on:Oct. 15, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Licat.B 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: causes system slowdowns.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

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

 

Licat.B 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.
  • Instant messaging: it sends links pointing to a copy of itself to all users included in the infected user's contacts list.