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Spamta.AGE

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spamta.AGE
Technical name:W32/Spamta.AGE.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. 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 email.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 29, 2008
Detection updated on:April 29, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Spamta.AGE is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

  • On remote sites: it launches denial of service attacks against Web servers or remote databases; it mass mails junk mail (spam).

 

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.

 

Spamta.AGE 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.
  • Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.