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Smurf.C

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Smurf.C
Technical name:DDos/Smurf.C
Threat level:Low
Type:Hacking Tool
Subtype: DoS
Effects:   It launches denial of service (DoS) attacks against servers.
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 

    

Smurf.C is a hacking tool that allows DoS (denial of service) attacks to be launched, in order to prevent legitimate users from accessing services.

DoS attacks are launched by sending a large number of service request packets from one computer to a specific server. This server is unable to answer to all the requests and is flooded, preventing legitimate users from accessing its services.

 

Smurf.C 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.