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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Lineage.HIC

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lineage.HIC
Technical name:W32/Lineage.HIC.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. 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 does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 29, 2008
Detection updated on:Jan. 29, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Lineage.HIC 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 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.HIC 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.