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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Mabra

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Mabra
Technical name:mIRC/Mabra.D
Threat level:Medium
Type:Virus
Subtype:   It spreads and affects other computers, and has damaging effects on the affected computer.
Detection updated on:Aug. 7, 2002
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:UNKNOWN

Brief Description 

    
Mabra is a virus that also has the characteristics of a worm.
Mabra gets into a computer via e-mail, the Internet, floppy disks, etc, and it spreads by inserting its code in other files and programs. Its effects can range from simply annoying to destructive.
Furthermore, due to its worm characteristics, Mabra also spreads by sending out copies of itself. Its main objective is to collapse computers and networks, preventing users from working with the affected computer.

 

Mabra prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).

Mabra redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

Mabra redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.

 

Mabra 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.