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Gaobot.QHB

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Gaobot.QHB
Technical name:W32/Gaobot.QHB.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It uses the infected computer to take malicious actions on other users. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95/3.X

First detected on:May 7, 2008
Detection updated on:May 7, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Gaobot.QHB is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC.

 

Gaobot.QHB 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.