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It spreads and affects other computers, and has damaging effects on the affected computer.
|First detected on:||Dec. 9, 2003|
|Detection updated on:||Dec. 9, 2003|
|Duster.A is a virus that also has the characteristics of a worm. |
Duster.A 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, Duster.A 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.
Duster.A 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.
- IRC: It sends a copy of itself to all users connected to the channel to which the infected user is connected.
- Computer networks (shared resources): it creates copies of itself in shared network resources to which it has access.