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Spybot.AKB

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spybot.AKB
Technical name:W32/Spybot.AKB.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It installs an extension of Firefox and Chrome browsers in order to control the searches made by the users and redirect them to malicious websites from which more malware can be downloaded. It spreads via email and P2P programs.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 10, 2010
Detection updated on:March 20, 2010
StatisticsNo
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spybot.AKB is worm which installs in the affected computer an extension of Firefox and Chrome browsers in order to control certain searches carried out by users and redirect them to malicious websites from which more malware can be downloaded.

Spybot.AKB uses the following means of propagation:

  • Distributed in email messages that seem to contain an invitation to Twitter.
  • Making copies of itself in te shared folders of several P2P programs passing itself off as interesting and inoffensive applications.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

However, when it spreads via email, it can be easily recognized, as it reaches the computer in a message like the following, which seems to contain an invitation to Twitter:

Email message used to distribute Spybot.AKB