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Worm Gen.SP

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Worm Gen.SP
Technical name:Worm Generic.SP
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It logs keystrokes and accepts control commands, such as launching denial of service attacks against websites.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 3, 2004
Detection updated on:Aug. 5, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Worm Gen.SP is not a specific worm, but a generic detection for future variants of unknown worms. This group of worms have the following common characteristics:

  • It logs keystrokes and stores them in text files. These text files are then sent via IRC.
  • It accepts remote control commands, as launching denial of service (DoS) attacks against websites.
  • It spreads through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs, such as KaZaA.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Worm Gen.SP is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.