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Nuwar.QI

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Nuwar.QI
Technical name:W32/Nuwar.QI.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

Its main objective is to spread via email in a message whose subject is related to love and which contains a link to a malicious website. It uses rootkit techniques in order to make its detection more difficult.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Feb. 12, 2008
Detection updated on:Feb. 14, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Nuwar.QI is a worm whose main objective is to spread and affect as many computers as possible.

The means it uses to spread is the email. In order to do so, it sends a message whose subject is related to love and which contains a link to a malicious website.

Additionally, it uses rootkit techniques in order to make its detection more difficult.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Nuwar.QI is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an email message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject: it is related to love:
    I Love You
    Me & You
    My Love For You
    Happy Valentine's Day
    Valentine's Day
  • Message:
    The message contains a link to a website. If the user follows this link, a website is displayed, where an image related to Valentine's Day is shown.
    The following image is an example:

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