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Virus disguises itself as MSN Messenger beta 27/12/05

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A virus masquerading as a new beta version of Microsoft's MSN Messenger has begun circulating.

The virus, which F-Secure calls Virkel.F, comes as a file called BETA8WEBINSTALL.EXE that can be downloaded from a Web site. Running the program installs not a new MSN Messenger beta, but rather a virus that sends download links to a computer user's MSN Messenger buddies. The virus falsely labels the link as "MSN Messenger 8 Working BETA."

"It also connects your machine to a botnet server," F-Secure warned, meaning that a person's computer can be controlled remotely to attack other machines or send spam.

And Microsoft's instant-messenger infrastructure is the most popular conduit for attack, IMlogic said in an October study.

Source: CNet
 

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LOL, I thought MSN was a virus. :D

Trouble is that it'll be kids who spread this, as they cannot resist downloading things. :)
 

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I saw something similar the end of last week at work - it reckoned it was a new Yahoo Messenger client and I would be able to chat to some russian tart....
 
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rolfw said:
LOL, I thought MSN was a virus. :D

Trouble is that it'll be kids who spread this, as they cannot resist downloading things. :)
aint that the truth......
 

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Analoguesat said:
it reckoned it was a new Yahoo Messenger client and I would be able to chat to some russian tart....
(Some dont need to download anything)