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P2PWorm.PI

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:P2PWorm.PI
Technical name:W32/P2PWorm.PI.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It generates a large amount of network traffic activity with the consequent consumption of bandwidth. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , across the Internet, through P2P programs.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 23, 2010
Detection updated on:Nov. 24, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

P2PWorm.PI is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

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

  • It uses techniques included in its code to hide itself while it is active.

 

P2PWorm.PI 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.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs: it makes copies of itself with enticing names in shared folders belonging to these programs. Other users of this type of networks then voluntarily download and run the infected files.