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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Msnhack.A

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Msnhack.A
Technical name:Trj/Msnhack.A
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Subtype: Password Stealer
Effects:   It tries to steal confidential data that is sent to a hacker. It has damaging effects on the affected computer. It infects Word's global template and documents.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:April 19, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    
Msnhack.A is a virus that also has the characteristics of a Trojan. Msnhack.A reaches computers via e-mail, the Internet, floppy disks, etc, and it spreads by inserting its code in other files and programs. Its effects can range from simply annoying to destructive.
In addition, due to its Trojan characteristics, Msnhack.A allows hackers to enter and attack the affected computer. Hackers can get screenshots, personal data, etc.

 

Msnhack.A prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).

Msnhack.A redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

Msnhack.A redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.

 

Msnhack.A uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.