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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SentinelSteal

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SentinelSteal
Technical name:Application/SentinelStealth
Threat level:Low
Alias:Keylog-Sentinl
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It is a legitimate tool that allows to monitor user activity on the affected computer.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 22, 2004
Detection updated on:Sept. 22, 2004
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Brief Description 

    

SentinelSteal is a hacking tool. Though these programs are legitimate and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.

SentinelSteal allows to monitor user activity on the affected computer:

  • It logs the keystrokes entered by the user, including the texts typed in e-mail messages, chat conversations, instant messaging programs, etc.
  • It logs the title bar of the active windows.
  • It logs web sites accessed, and it is capable of blocking specific web sites.
  • It captures screenshots.

These logs are sent via e-mail (either in plain text or HTML format) or FTP, and are deleted from the computer once they are succesfully sent.

SentinelSteal allows to be run on stealth mode, so that the user is completely unaware of its presence in the affected computer.

Some additional characteristics include password protection of the application and its uninstall program, sort and organize the logs and stealth installation.

SentinelSteal does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used with malicious intentions.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SentinelSteal is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.