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It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer.
It is designed to affect one or more specific companies.
It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy.
It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user.
, through P2P programs, via mapped drives, through shared network resources.
|First detected on:||Dec. 3, 2009|
|Detection updated on:||Dec. 3, 2009|
P2PWorm.EA is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.
P2PWorm.EA is designed to affect one or more specific companies.
It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy:
passwords saved by certain Windows services; email addresses; user's browsing habits.
It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:
- It uses techniques included in its code to hide itself while it is active.
- It injects itself in running processes.
- It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.
P2PWorm.EA 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.
- 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.
- 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.
P2PWorm.EA uses the following infection strategies:
- Resident: once it has been run, the virus goes memory resident and stops functions belonging to the operating system. Therefore, every time the operating system or an application tries to access any of these functions, the virus will activate and infect new files.