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IRCBot.BNI

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:IRCBot.BNI
Technical name:Bck/IRCBot.BNI
Threat level:Medium
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:Dec. 16, 2007
Detection updated on:Dec. 16, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    
IRCBot.BNI is a worm with that has backdoor characteristics. IRCBot.BNI 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, IRCBot.BNI 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 reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC or HTTP.

 

It uses several methods in order to avoid detection by antivirus companies:

  • It terminates its own execution if it detects that it is being executed in a virtual machine environment, such as VMWare or VirtualPC.

 

IRCBot.BNI 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 (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.