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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

KGBSpy

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:KGBSpy
Technical name:Application/KGBSpy
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It is a legitimate program that logs all the keystrokes typed by the user. It is possible to be configured to be run in stealth mode. The information can be sent automatically via email or FTP.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 23, 2005
Detection updated on:April 18, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

KGBSpy 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.

KGBSpy logs the keystrokes typed by the user, but a filter can be applied, in order to log only typed characters.

Additionally, KGBSpy can be configured to run in stealth mode, so that the user is unaware of its presence. It is possible to send the information automatically and silently via email or FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

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