Beta Bot emerged in the first part of 2013 but has seen a resurgence among the latest malware threats, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). This Trojan infects computers and attempts to prevent users from accessing security websites while also disabling their antivirus and malware scan software. To accomplish this, the bot creates a fake Microsoft Windows message box with the heading "User Account Control." It asks users to allow the "Windows Command Processor" to make administrator-level changes, and claims it is verified by Microsoft. If changes are approved, Beta Bot modifies a user's computer to steal log-in credentials and financial data while also disabling security software access.
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