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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Cult.J

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Cult.J
Technical name:W32/Cult.J.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It attempts to connect to an IRC channel in order to receive remote control commands: launch flooding attacks, send confidential information on the system, download and execute files, etc.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:May 31, 2004
Detection updated on:March 14, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Cult.J is a worm that goes memory resident and attempts to connect to an specific channel of an IRC server.

If sucessful, it allows a remote user to carry out the following actions, among others, in the affected computer:
- Launch flooding attacks.
- Send confidential information on the system to the hacker.
- Download and execute files.
- Send the worm to other IRC channels.
- Send the worm massively in e-mail messages.
- Update and uninstall the worm.

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Cult.J spreads via e-mail in a message with the subject Hello, I sent you a beautiful love card. ^_* and the attached file BEAUTIFULLOVE.PIF.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Cult.J is easy to recognize as it reaches the computer in an e-mail message with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    Hello, I sent you a beautiful love card. ^_*
  • Message:
    To see your Card, Please open the attachment.
    If you want to send a reply, please visit
    http://www.Love-card.com/Love/index.html

    Thank You...
  • Attachments:
    BEAUTIFULLOVE.PIF.