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Spybot.AFT

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spybot.AFT
Technical name:W32/Spybot.AFT.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It captures keystrokes. It causes the slowdown of the system, preventing planned tasks from being carried out. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , across the Internet, through P2P programs.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 2, 2007
Detection updated on:Aug. 31, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spybot.AFT is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: keystrokes, in order to obtain information for accessing online banking services, passwords and other confidential information.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: causes system slowdowns.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.
  • It modifies system permissions in order to hide itself.

 

Spybot.AFT 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.
  • Via Internet, exploiting remote vulnerabilities: attacking random IP addresses, in which it tries to insert a copy of itself by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities.
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs: it makes copies of itself with enticing names in shared folders belonging to these programs. Other users of this type of networks then voluntarily download and run the infected files.