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Sdbot.gen

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sdbot.gen
Technical name:W32/Sdbot.gen.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  

Sdbot.gen a generic detection for future variants of the Sdbot family

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

First detected on:June 23, 2004
Detection updated on:June 23, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Sdbot.gen is not an specific worm, but a generic detection for future variants of the Sdbot family. This group of worms has the following common characteristics:

  • They act as backdoors, thus allowing hackers to gain remote access over the affected computer in order to carry out actions that compromise user confidentiality and impede the tasks performed.
  • They use their own IRC client in order to join an IRC channel and accept remote control commands, such as launching denial of service (DoS) attacks against websites.
  • They can also download and run files on the affected computer.
  • They spread across computer networks. In order to do so, it checks if the affected computer belongs to a network. If so, they attempt to access the network shared resources, using passwords that are typical or easy to guess. Then, they make a copy of themselves to those shared resources.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Sdbot.gen is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached a computer.