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  3. Trojan.Gen.8!cloud


Risk Level 1: Very Low

December 11, 2016
March 14, 2017 6:03:22 PM
Also Known As:
Trojan.Gen.8 [Symantec]
Infection Length:
Systems Affected:
Trojan.Gen.8!cloud is a generic detection for many individual but varied Trojans for which specific definitions have not been created. A generic detection is used because it protects against many Trojans that share similar characteristics.

Trojan horse programs pose as legitimate programs or files that users may recognize and want to use. They rely on this trick to lure a user into inadvertently running the Trojan. Often a Trojan will mimic a well known legitimate file name or pose as a particular type of file, like a .jpg or .doc file to trick a user.

Distribution of Trojans on to compromised computers occurs in a variety of ways. From email attachments and links to instant messages, drive-by downloads and being dropped by other malicious software. Once installed on the compromised computer, the Trojan begins to perform the predetermined actions that it was designed for.

Note: Symantec products that are not equipped with Intelligent Threat Cloud Service technology or that do not have an active connection to this service will not trigger this detection.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version December 11, 2016 revision 025
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 14, 2017 revision 017
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 12, 2016 revision 001
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 14, 2017 revision 020
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 14, 2016
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2016 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 21
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