Lavasoft News, September '06

Spyware Newsbits

New Targets in Detection [August 2006]

Name Description
Adware.Axfibula An adware dropper
TrustCleaner.ref A rogue anti-spyware; false positives trick the user into purchasing products
Win32.Backdoor.Lanfiltrator A remote access tool, designed to access the remote computer through a router, LAN or proxy server
Win32.Generic.Annoyware A program that may annoy and/or scare the user
Win32.Generic.Worm Spreads from computer to computer through compromised users
Win32.Hacktool.AmericanPride Features multiple malicious functions used to harm remote systems
Win32.Hacktool.Brontok A tool used to build adware pages
Win32.Hacktool.VncNoAuth A patched version of VNC Client that allows a malicious user to bypass authentication on a remote server
Win32.Keylogger.SoftForYou A commercial keylogger
Win32.Malware.Jeefo Infects .exe and .dll files
Win32.Spyware.Acoona Transmits all URL queries entered in Internet Explorer to a remote site
Win32.ToolEvID A tool that allows changes to the amount of simultaneous half-open connections available by XP. It could potentially harm the system and even result in boot failure
Win32.Worm.Tibick May result in limited damage to the host computer, but it contains an internal IRC client to distribute itself to other users
Win32.Worm.Viking Injects itself into system processes and attempts to spread using Windows RPC services


TAC - Threat Assessment Chart
The Lavasoft Threat Assessment Chart (TAC) point system is based on a 10-point scale, with 1 representing the lowest threat and 10 representing the highest. The behavior of the program has more influence when assigning TAC points than the actual technical aspects of the malware. In other words, if the malware secretly attaches without the computer userís full understanding and approval, then it will automatically be given higher TAC points. A minimum TAC value of 3 is required before the malware is put into detection. Read more on the Lavasoft Research site here.


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