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Maimbot.C

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Maimbot.C
Technical name:W32/Maimbot.C.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:   It spreads and affects other computers. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It awaits remote-control orders to carry out. It spreads , via email.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT; IIS

First detected on:Feb. 27, 2009
Detection updated on:Feb. 27, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Maimbot.C is a worm that spreads by copying itself, without infecting other files.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

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

 

Maimbot.C uses the following propagation or distribution methods:

  • Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
  • Email: sending emails that include a copy of itself as an attachment. The computer is infected when the attachment is run.