New Instant Messenger Threat

Tuesday 31 May 2005 @ 12:38 am

I believe some of us have experienced Microsoft’s MSN Messenger worm in the past couple of weeks, spreading message Once you click on the link in your messge box, it will drop a variant of W32.Spybot.Worm into the system and start propagate to your friends in your MSN list.

If you’ve infected by the MSN worm, W32.Bropia Removal Tool is what you need.

Now here comes another Instant Messenger (IM) worm targeting AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM) software that could potentially allow an attacker to gain control of a user’s system, according to security researchers.

Users are sent a message containing a reference to the Star Wars film and a hyperlink, which, when clicked, downloads a worm onto the PC.

The AOL worm sends the message “hehe i found this funny movie,” encouraging users to click on a hyperlink that downloads malicious code to the user’s desktop, according to an advisory released Monday by IMLogic. From there, the worm connects to a public IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server and continues to spread through AIM messages.

What’s interesting about the worm is that its topical and appears to be timed with the hype around the release of “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” Mikko Hyppönen, director of antivirus research at F-Secure, says.

AIM users are advised not to click on hyperlinks sent from unknown users (sometimes known users are more dangerous :D ), and to make sure they have a firewall in place and get the latest security updates for when a fix is available.

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