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Espiondrv

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Espiondrv
Technical name:Spyware/Espiondrv
Threat level:Low
Type:Spyware
Effects:   It gathers information about users' Internet habits and sends it out. It can be installed with users' consent, but sometimes it is installed without their consent. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Espiondrv is a spyware.

Spyware can be installed either with or without users' consent, and either with or without their knowledge about the data gathered and/or the use of it.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Espiondrv does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.