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Agent.LUY

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Agent.LUY
Technical name:Rootkit/Agent.LUY
Threat level:Medium
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:   It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 27, 2009
Detection updated on:March 27, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Agent.LUY is a rootkit. These are programs used to hide files, Windows Registry entries or processes, either their own or those of other programs.

In this way, even when a user looks for these items on a computer, they won't be able to see them.

Rootkits have been widely used for malicious ends, to camouflage other programs on computers that have previously been compromised through other means.

There are certain examples of malware that use rootkits in order to go unnoticed on the computer they have infected.

 

It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy: .

It sends the gathered information to a remote user by any available means: email, FTP, etc.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it notifies the attacker that the computer has been compromised and is ready to be used maliciously; it opens one or more ports to allow remote access to the computer and takes action that compromises user confidentiality.

 

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.

 

Agent.LUY does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

 

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