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AOL.Aim

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:AOL.Aim
Technical name:Trj/PSW.AOL.Aim
Threat level:Medium
Type:Trojan
Effects:  It steals the data for accessing the AOL instant messaging service from affected computers.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 6, 2003
Detection updated on:May 6, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

AOL.Aim is a Trojan that steals the access data of the users of the America On Line (AOL) instant messaging service. The data it obtains is the user name and password. It then sends this information to the virus author.

AOL.Aim uses various means to spread: e-mail messages with an infected document, computer networks, CD-ROMs, Internet downloads, FTP, floppy disks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

AOL.Aim is very easy to recognize, as it simulates a connection to the America On Line (AOL) instant messaging service.

However, although the user enters a valid user name and password, AOL.Aim returns an error message.

When AOL.Aim installs itself on the affected computer, it displays the following message:

When the user of the affected computer enters a user name and password and clicks on the Sign on button, AOL.Aim displays two screens that simulate a connection being established and the user data being checked.

Finally, it displays the error message mentioned above.