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MSN.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MSN.A
Technical name:Flooder/MSNFlood.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Hacking Tool
Subtype: Flooder
Effects:   It sends multiple information packets in order to block remote computers.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 19, 2004
Detection updated on:April 19, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MSN.A is a flooder type hacking tool.

A flooder sends multiple information packets in order to block the target computer.

A flooder is normally used to attack IRC channels or standalone computers. It can also result in a denial of service (DoS) if the attacked computer is a server.

 

MSN.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.
  • IRC: It sends a copy of itself to all users connected to the channel to which the infected user is connected.