Turning Turing's work to EVIL!
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2005 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's not very sophisticated ... yet ... but it is totally automated. CNet reports on a worm that IM's in chatrooms, with at least a couple of phrases, and then links to a virus. Maybe it isn't going to outsmart too many people, but if you have kids you might want to reinforce the whole "attachments from people you don't know' thing, and who knows what the worm will be like in a few generations.
A new worm that targets users of America Online's AOL Instant Messenger is believed to be the
first that actually chats with the intended victim to dupe the target into activating a malicious
payload, IM security vendor IMlogic warned Tuesday.
According to IMlogic, the worm, dubbed IM.Myspace04.AIM, has arrived in instant messages that
state: "lol thats cool" and included a URL to a malicious file "clarissa17.pif." When unsuspecting
users have responded, perhaps asking if the attachment contained a virus, the worm has replied:
"lol no its not its a virus", IMlogic said.
The malicious file disables security software, installs a backdoor and tweaks system files, the
company said. Then it starts sending itself to contacts on the victim's buddy list. "
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