The malware has been classified as a worm and spreads through AOL LLC's Instant
Messenger program, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos
PLC, a security vendor.
Sophos is calling it W32.Cuebot-K, a new variation in
the Cuebot family of malware. The worm has a range of malicious functions. After
it's installed, the worm immediately tries to connect to two Web sites, a sign
it may try to download other bad programs on the machine.
disable other software, shut off the Windows firewall, download new malicious
programs, perform basic distributed denial-of-service attacks, scan local files
and spawn a command prompt.
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