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Sykipot Trojan

Posted: December 14, 2011

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 9/10
Infected PCs: 5
First Seen: December 14, 2011
Last Seen: April 19, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

As can be inferred by its name, which may be obvious to many computer users, the Sykipot Trojan is a highly dangerous computer security threat, which has been categorized as a Trojan and is known to function under the following aliases:

- Backdoor.Trojan [Symantec]
- Backdoor.Win32.Wkysol.B [Microsoft]
- Mal/Generic-L [Sophos]
- Backdoor.Win32.Wkysol [Ikarus]
- Generic BackDoor!dpn [McAfee]
- Backdoor.Win32.Sykipot.bg [Kaspersky Lab]
The Sykipot Trojan has been found exploiting the newly discovered crucial, 'zero-day' flaw in the Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat computer programs.

What is the Adobe Software's 'Zero-Day' Flaw?

Adobe has recently warned its consumers about this Adobe Reader and Acrobat security vulnerability, which can be utilized by malware threats – such as the Sykipot Trojan – to allow the remote execution of malicious, infected code. In fact, several reports have already revealed that this Adobe software vulnerability has resulted in targeted attacks.

According to Adobe, the zero-day flaw is known to affect several versions of both Adobe programs, Reader and Acrobat: 'A critical vulnerability has been in Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. This vulnerability (CVE-2011-2462) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.'

Adobe also declared that it will immediately work to patch this particular vulnerability hoping to have the patch fully complete in the next few coming weeks, and according to Adobe's ASSET security team 'The reason for addressing this issue quickly for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.4.6 for Windows is simple: This is the version and platform currently being targeted. All real-world attack activity, both in this instance and historically, is limited to Adobe Reader on Windows. We have not received any reports to date of malicious PDFs being used to exploit Adobe Reader or Acrobat for Macintosh or UNIX for this CVE (or any other CVE).'

Sykipot Trojan's Harmful Capabilities

By taking advantage of the Adobe zero-day flaw – as well as other Adobe vulnerabilities/flaws, in the past – this particular Trojan horse has been categorized as a backdoor that works to provide hackers and other malicious cybercriminals with illegal remote access to computers. Via this brand of malicious remote access, hackers and cybercriminals alike, are able to launch all kinds of dangerous processes and activities on compromised computer systems; they may even be able to procure complete control of infected systems, forcing them to comply with their every whim and will.

SpywareRemove.com malware analysts have also reported that this dangerous threat is also capable of generating its own corrupt system processes, creating infected system files, as well as infecting compromised computer systems' Windows Registry by adding, creating new, deleting, and/or altering various registry values.

Any program that provides cybercriminals with remote access should be considered an unwanted and unneeded program. This malicious Trojan needs to be removed from all infected systems as soon as its presence has been discovered.

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