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Lineage.KNG

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Lineage.KNG
Technical name:W32/Lineage.KNG
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Effects:   It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer. It changes system permissions. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It spreads , via mapped drives, through shared network resources, by infecting files that are then distributed.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 9, 2009
Detection updated on:Oct. 21, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Lineage.KNG is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it changes system permissions, decreasing the security level.

 

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.

 

Lineage.KNG 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.
  • Computer networks (mapped drives): it creates copies of itself in mapped drives.
  • Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.
  • File infection: it infects different types of files, which are then distributed through any of the usual means: floppy disks, email messages with attachments, Internet download, files transferred via FTP, IRC channels, P2P file sharing networks, etc.

 

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