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Poebot.MZ

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Poebot.MZ
Technical name:W32/Poebot.MZ.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , via mapped drives, through shared network resources.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 4, 2007
Detection updated on:June 4, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Poebot.MZ 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: 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 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 IRC or FTP.

 

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.

 

Poebot.MZ 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.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.