New IM worm chats up users before infecting them

A new instant messaging worm that “chats” to targeted users before infecting them has appeared.

A new instant messaging worm that “chats” to targeted users before infecting them has appeared.

The IM.Myspace04.AIM worm, monitored by instant messaging security company IMlogic, targets users of the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service.

AIM users have to receive an instant message with a web link, which is then clicked, for the worm to be installed on their machine.

When suspicious users have sent a message back enquiring whether the link is safe, they have received a message back confirming it is, said IMlogic.

They have then unwittingly clicked on the link and opened a .pif attachment that unleashes the worm onto their machines.

The worm disables security software on infected users’ machines, installs a backdoor on the PC to allow remote hackers into the system, and replicates itself to other users via the infected user’s address book.

IMlogic said the worm is not widespread but warned that other virus writers would use its proof of concept.

CW+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of CW+ membership, learn more and join.

Read more on Operating systems software

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

  • Dissecting the Hack

    In this excerpt from chapter three of Dissecting the Hack: The V3RB0TEN Network, authors Jayson E. Street, Kristin Sims and Brian...

  • Digital Identity Management

    In this excerpt of Digital Identity Management, authors Maryline Laurent and Samia Bousefrane discuss principles of biometrics ...

  • Becoming a Global Chief Security Executive Officer

    In this excerpt of Becoming a Global Chief Security Executive Officer: A How to Guide for Next Generation Security Leaders, ...

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

SearchDataManagement

Close