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W32.Shadesrat

Risk Level 2: Low

Discovered:
February 22, 2011
Updated:
February 22, 2011 2:17:39 PM
Type:
Trojan, Worm
Infection Length:
Varies
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
W32.Shadesrat is a worm that attempts to spread through instant messaging applications and file-sharing programs. It also opens a back door on the compromised computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version February 22, 2011 revision 018
  • Latest Rapid Release version June 24, 2014 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version February 22, 2011 revision 021
  • Latest Daily Certified version June 3, 2014 revision 018
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date February 23, 2011
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Threat Assessment

Wild

  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Easy

Damage

  • Damage Level: Medium
  • Payload: Opens a back door.
    Performs DDoS attacks.
    Download files on to the computer.
  • Releases Confidential Info: Steals passwords for certain applications.
    Records keystrokes.

Distribution

  • Distribution Level: Medium
  • Target of Infection: May spread through file-sharing applications, instant messaging applications, and its own BitTorrent application.
Writeup By: Gavin O'Gorman

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