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MSN Threat

Discussion in 'Software Issues' started by Petunia, Feb 7, 2005.

    Feb 7, 2005
  1. Petunia

    Petunia Dormant account

    MSN Messenger worm seeds zombie networks

    A worm spreading via MSN Messenger is turning infected
    Windows PCs into zombie drones. The Bropia-F worm spreads by
    offering "sexy image files" to IM contacts of infected
    users.

    Instead of racy documents, users who accept and open
    infected files get a comical photo of a roasted chicken with
    a bikini tan line. In the background, Bropia-F installs a
    variant of the infamous Agobot (AKA Pahtbot or Rbot) worm,
    opening a backdoor on infected systems. The bot can then be
    used to collect system information, log keystrokes and relay
    spam.

    "Many corporations have been blocking use of instant
    messenger programs for employee productivity reasons, and
    now may have good cause to do so for security reasons as
    well," said Joe Hartmann, senior virus researcher at
    anti-virus firm Trend Micro. "With the popularity of instant
    messengers, it may be the home users who are most at risk -
    this kind of worm uses humour to make people forget that
    they are being infected and backdoors are being opened into
    their systems."

    Bropia-F arrives in a file about 184 KB in size. It tries to
    spread to other MSN Messenger users by sending a copy of
    itself under one of these filenames: bedroom-thongs.pif,
    hot.pif, lmao.pif, lol.scr, naked_drunk.pif, new_webcam.pif,
    rofl.pif, underware. pif and webcam.pif.

    Sightings of the worm have been reported in Taiwan, China,
    Korea, Costa Rica and the US since it began spreading
    earlier this week. Anti-virus firms rate the worm as a
    medium risk.

    Users are also advised to apply the principles of safe
    computing and to exercise caution in the programs they allow
    to self-install on their PCs. Windows users are also advised
    to update their antivirus signature files to detect the
    worm, just in case.
     

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