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Transponder

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Transponder
Technical name:Cookie/Transponder
Threat level:Low
Type:Cookie
Effects:   It is a small text file stored on the computer when visiting web pages. Though it does not pose a risk by itself, malicious use by other software could threaten affected users' privacy. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It causes the loss of information stored on the computer, either specific files or data in general. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows 95

Detection updated on:April 11, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Transponder is a cookie.

Cookies are small text files stored in the browser on the user's computer, when visiting web pages.

Cookies store information that can be used for several purposes: to personalize web browsing, to gather demographic information about how many users visit a page, to monitor which banners are displayed to the user, etc.

These uses are not, in theory at least, malicious.

However, keep in mind that the misuse of cookies could threaten an individual's privacy.

 

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

Transponder 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.

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

 

Transponder 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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