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MSNPass.K

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MSNPass.K
Technical name:HackTool/MSNPass.K
Threat level:Medium
Alias:PSWTool.Win32.Agent.ac,
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:   It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks. It searches for and steals passwords saved for certain Windows services. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 28, 2009
Detection updated on:Oct. 28, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MSNPass.K 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.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: passwords saved by certain Windows services.

 

MSNPass.K 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.