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Donkeybot.B

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Donkeybot.B
Technical name:W32/Donkeybot.B.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , through P2P programs.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 6, 2008
Detection updated on:Jan. 6, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Donkeybot.B is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it notifies the attacker that the computer has been compromised and is ready to be used maliciously; it awaits remote-control orders received through other channels.

 

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

  • It terminates processes corresponding to several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, to prevent detection.

 

Donkeybot.B 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.
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs: it makes copies of itself with enticing names in shared folders belonging to these programs. Other users of this type of networks then voluntarily download and run the infected files.