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Generic Worm

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Generic Worm
Technical name:Generic Mail Worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 12, 2005
Detection updated on:July 12, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Generic Worm is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

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

Generic Worm 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.

Generic Worm redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.

 

Generic Worm 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.
  • Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.