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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Spammer.AHT

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spammer.AHT
Technical name:Trj/Spammer.AHT
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It mass mails junk mail (spam). 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:May 18, 2008
Detection updated on:May 18, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Spammer.AHT is a Trojan, which although seemingly inoffensive, can actually carry out attacks and intrusions.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: email addresses.

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, etc.

 

  • On remote sites: 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.

 

Spammer.AHT 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.