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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Darkmoon.GX

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Darkmoon.GX
Technical name:Bck/Darkmoon.GX
Threat level:Medium
Type:Backdoor
Effects:   It allows to gain remote access to the affected computer. 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 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 

    

Darkmoon.GX is a backdoor that allows hackers to gain remote access to the affected computer in order to carry out actions that compromise user confidentiality and impede the tasks performed on the computer.

 

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

 

Darkmoon.GX 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.

 

Visible Symptoms

 

Darkmoon.GX is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It changes the homepage of Internet Explorer.