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Dialer.KPG

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Dialer.KPG
Technical name:Dialer.KPG
Threat level:Medium
Type:Dialer
Effects:   It establishes a phone connection with a high rate number. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

First detected on:Sept. 3, 2007
Detection updated on:Oct. 23, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Dialer.KPG is a dialer type malware. Dialers usually try to establish phone connections with high rate numbers, significantly increasing the phone bill of the affected user.

Dialer.KPG affects computers that use a modem to connect to the Internet, as the virus modifies the Dial-up network access settings. It changes the telephone number provided by the ISP (Internet Service Provider), which is a local-rate number, to a high-rate number.

 

Dialer.KPG 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.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.