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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Lineage.GWS

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lineage.GWS
Technical name:Trj/Lineage.GWS
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It searches for and steals passwords saved for certain Windows services. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , via mapped drives.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 29, 2007
Detection updated on:Dec. 29, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Lineage.GWS is a Trojan, which although seemingly inoffensive, can actually carry out attacks and intrusions.

 

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

 

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 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.GWS 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.