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|Common name:||Generic Worm|
|Technical name:||Generic IM Worm|
It spreads and affects other computers.
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.
, through instant messaging.
|First detected on:||July 12, 2005|
|Detection updated on:||July 12, 2005|
Generic Worm is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.
Generic Worm prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).
Generic Worm 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.
Generic Worm redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.
Generic Worm 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.
- Instant messaging: it sends links pointing to a copy of itself to all users included in the infected user's contacts list.