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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Lineage.ITY

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lineage.ITY
Technical name:W32/Lineage.ITK
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It changes system permissions. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , via mapped drives.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 14, 2008
Detection updated on:Oct. 5, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Lineage.ITY is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: passwords saved by certain Windows services; keystrokes, in order to obtain information for accessing online banking services, passwords and other confidential information.

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

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It terminates processes corresponding to several security tools, such as antivirus programs and firewalls, to prevent detection.
  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

Lineage.ITY 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.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.