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Flooder.ICQ.Zap

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Flooder.ICQ.Zap
Technical name:Flooder.ICQ.Zap
Threat level:Low
Type:Hacking Tool
Subtype: Flooder
Effects:  It disconnects the victim computers from the Internet.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:June 3, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Flooder.ICQ.Zap is a Trojan that is used by hackers to disconnect IQC users from the Internet.

In order to do this, Flooder.ICQ.Zap sends a flood of data packets between the hackers and the victims. This excess of information causes the Internet server to disconnect affected users for using up its resources.

As Flooder.ICQ.Zap is not a virus in the strict sense of the word, it does not carry out any infection or spread to other computers. Its only effect is to disconnect affected users from the Internet.

Visible Symptoms 

    

In order to prevent themselves from being disconnected, the attacker loads another parallel session and starts sending pings (automatic response requests) to the targeted user through these two channels. The user under attack will respond with twice as many pongs (automatic responses to pings), which will cause an 'Excess flood' situation, thus disconnecting them for overloading the server resources.