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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

ModemSpy

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ModemSpy
Technical name:Application/ModemSpy
Threat level:Medium
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It records telephone conversations automatically and sends them by email, posing a threat to the user's confidentiality.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME

First detected on:Aug. 16, 2005
Detection updated on:April 5, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

ModemSpy 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.

ModemSpy can record telephonic calls, conversations and messages. It can reproduce conversations that have been recorded, send emails with attached recordings and detect and log the caller's identity.

Additionally, ModemSpy can pass unnoticed, as it includes an option to be run in stealth mode.

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

 

Visible Symptoms 

    

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