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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Lineage.GEB

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lineage.GEB
Technical name:W32/Lineage.GEB.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It searches for and steals passwords saved for certain Windows services. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Lineage.GEB 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.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

Lineage.GEB 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.