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Spyware Broadcast Storm

Posted on 2008-06-12
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We had a computer come into our shop infected with WinAntivirus and some other spyware/virus crap. After disinfecting the machine no signs of the spyware showed up with one glaring exception: Whenever the machine was plugged into our network it hammered the lan with 255.255.255.255 broadcasts. It was so bad that it would shut down our cable router within a minute and it needed to be rebooted. We ran stuff like Winsockfix, LSPfix, etc. but no luck. The solution was to re-format the machine, which worked, but I would like to know what else could have been done without re-formatting. Any thoughts?
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by:manu4u
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You have to Disable system restore, first.
Then, boot in safemode and do all your antispam things.

You could have installed a Personal Firewall ( comodo etc, its free ) and see which application makes the traffic.

CDs like HIRONS BOOT CD would be a good choice as well, which you can boot your PC with the CD and do a complete scan, google for it , it's free as well.

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by:landymas
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We did the safemode thing and even removed the drive from the computer and scanned it while it was attached to another unit but it came up clean. Did the Hiern's boot CD too. I ran a packet sniffer on it and it was broadcasting TCP packets to 255.255.255.255 and going port by port, apparently looking to "phone home."
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by:Mohamed Osama
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Try using TCPView on the infected machine to map the Broadcast / ARP traffic to a ceertain application.
Also Please try posting a hijack this log .
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by:Mohammed Hamada
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It's more likely to be an attack from another computer or the infected PC was hacked by a server file "Trojan"...
The Trojan could use that subnet to send the packets from the infected pc back to the destination computer "attacker", maybe you can ask the user of the PC if he has any weird issues like losing control of the mouse, keyboard or pc shutsdown automatically.

You could have scanned the pc by using some dos commands before formatting it.

http://crack2hackzone.blogspot.com/2008/01/check-ur-pc-infected-or-not-using-dos.html
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by:landymas
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Gave up and re-formatted. Problem solved.
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We have had a few more come in like this and used Combofix to disinfect them. The problem seems to be a rootkit.
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