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Rxbot.QG

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Rxbot.QG
Technical name:Bck/Rxbot.QG
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.cqi,
Type:Worm
Subtype: Backdoor
Effects:   It allows to gain remote access to the affected computer. It spreads and affects other computers.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 16, 2007
Detection updated on:Sept. 16, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    
Rxbot.QG is a worm with that has backdoor characteristics. Rxbot.QG spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files. Its main objective is to collapse computers and networks, thus preventing users from working on their computers.
Furthermore, due to its backdoor characteristics, Rxbot.QG allows hackers to gain remote access to the affected computer. Therefore, hackers will be able to carry out actions that compromise user confidentiality and impede the tasks carried out on the computer.

 

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

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: it converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it terminates processes belonging to security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, leaving the computer defenseless against attacks from other malware; it changes the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level; it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC; it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

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.
  • It terminates processes corresponding to several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, to prevent detection.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

Rxbot.QG 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.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.
  • IRC: It sends a copy of itself to all users connected to the channel to which the infected user is connected.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.