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Axatak

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Axatak
Technical name:W32/Axatak
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Win32.HLLW.Axatak W32.HLLW.Axata W32/Axatak.worm
Type:Trojan
Effects:  It steals passwords, opens two ports, leaves affected computers vulnerable and continually accesses the floppy disk drive.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:March 20, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Axatak is a dangerous worm, as when it has infected a computer it tries to obtain the passwords of the affected computer for a series of resources.

Axatak also acts as a backdoor type Trojan,  as it opens the communications ports 8050 and 8051, through which it accesses the Internet. By doing this, it also allows a hacker to gain remote access to the computer's resources. An attacker would be able to send files, open and close the CD-ROM tray, etc.

Finally, Axatak also attempts to access the floppy disk drive every five minutes.

Visible Symptoms 

    

An indication that Axatak has reached a computer is a suspicious file that has a similar icon to Windows system programs:


There are several indications that suggest that Axatak has infected a computer:

  • The floppy disk drive starts working every five minutes for no apparent reason.
  • The CD-ROM tray opens and closes for no apparent reason.
  • If you have a firewall program installed, it warns you several times that there is activity on ports 8050 and 8051.