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SpySkype.E

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpySkype.E
Technical name:W32/SpySkype.E
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It sends the information it has captured to a remote user. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 28, 2009
Detection updated on:Jan. 5, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

SpySkype.E is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

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

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 the security settings of Internet Explorer, decreasing its security level; it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

SpySkype.E 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.