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Rockpe

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Rockpe
Technical name:Hacktool/Rockpe
Threat level:Medium
Type:Hacking Tool
Subtype: DoS
Effects:   It launches denial of service (DoS) attacks against servers.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:May 16, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Rockpe is a hacking tool that allows DoS (denial of service) attacks to be launched, in order to prevent legitimate users from accessing services.

DoS attacks are launched by sending a large number of service request packets from one computer to a specific server. This server is unable to answer to all the requests and is flooded, preventing legitimate users from accessing its services.

 

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

Rockpe 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.

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

 

Rockpe 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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