DarkThoughts is a virus that spreads to other computers by copying its code to other files or programs.
DarkThoughts prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).
DarkThoughts 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.
DarkThoughts redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.
DarkThoughts 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.
DarkThoughts uses the following infection strategies:
- Polymorphic: it encrypts itself in a different way with each infection it carries out. In order to do this, it uses different keys and operations. As a result, the virus has different characteristics in each new infection, which makes it difficult for antivirus pro-grams to detect this virus.