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MSNPassSpy

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MSNPassSpy
Technical name:Trj/MSNPassSpy
Threat level:Low
Type:Trojan
Effects:  It saves the data of the user of the affected computer for accessing an instant messaging service.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Dec. 19, 2002
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

MSNPassSpy is a Trojan that stores the data of the user of the affected computer for accessing the MSN Messenger instant messaging service in a file. The data it obtains are the user name and password. 

A hacker could use this information to access the connection accounts of affected users.

MSNPassSpy does not use any specific means to spread. It reaches computers through the normal means used by viruses: floppy disks, CD-ROMs, Internet   downloads, FTP, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

MSNPassSpy is very easy to recognize as it simulates a connection to The MSN Messenger instant messaging service.

However, MSNPassSpy displays the following fake window:

For more information, see the section Means of Infection.