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Brabot.G

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Brabot.G
Technical name:Bck/Brabot.G
Threat level:Low
Type:Backdoor
Effects:   It allows to gain remote access to the affected computer. It uses the infected computer to take malicious actions on other users. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It spreads , through P2P programs, via IRC.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 2, 2007
Detection updated on:Jan. 2, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Brabot.G 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 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 reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC.

 

Brabot.G 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.
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs: it makes copies of itself with enticing names in shared folders belonging to these programs. Other users of this type of networks then voluntarily download and run the infected files.
  • IRC: It sends a copy of itself to all users connected to the channel to which the infected user is connected.