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Slanper.gen

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Slanper.gen
Technical name:W32/Slanper.gen.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It attempts to copy to shared network resources by using passwords that are typical or easy to guess.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 23, 2003
Detection updated on:March 16, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Slanper.gen is not a worm, but a generic detection for future variants of the Slanper family. This group of worms have the following common characteristics:

  • It infects only Windows XP/2000/NT computers.
  • It spreads across shared network resources. Slanper.gen scans IP addresses generated at random and attempts to access them through the port 445. If successful, it attempts to gain access to the shared network resources by using passwords that are typical or easy to guess, in order to make copies of itself.
  • In order to be run, it creates a programmed task in the remote computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Slanper.gen has reached the computer is that it increases the network traffic on the port 445.