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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

IRCBot.CEM

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:IRCBot.CEM
Technical name:W32/IRCBot.CEM.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It is designed to affect one or more specific companies. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 2, 2008
Detection updated on:Sept. 2, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

IRCBot.CEM is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

IRCBot.CEM is designed to affect one or more specific companies.

 

It reduces the security level of the computer: it awaits remote-control orders received through IRC.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

IRCBot.CEM does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.