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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Brain

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Brain
Technical name:Exploit/Brain
Threat level:Medium
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:   It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks. It generates a large amount of network traffic activity with the consequent consumption of bandwidth. It notifies the attacker that the computer has been compromised and is ready to be used maliciously. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 20, 2008
Detection updated on:April 20, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Brain is a hacking tool. These are programs designed to enable malicious users to cause or facilitate action detrimental to the target computer.

However, under certain circumstances (for example with network administrators), they could be used to check the security status, possible attack channels (in order to minimize risks), etc.

These tools, even though they are not by nature viruses, are considered as dangerous to victims of attacks.

 

  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

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.

 

Brain 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.