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FormatC

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:FormatC
Technical name:Trj/BAT.FormatC
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:   It allows to get into the affected computer. It causes permanent damage as it formats the hard disk. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

MS-DOS

First detected on:Sept. 5, 2002
Detection updated on:Sept. 5, 2002
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

FormatC is a Trojan, which although seemingly inoffensive, can actually carry out attacks and intrusions.

 

It causes information loss: it formats the hard disk, causing files to be lost.

 

FormatC 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.