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#1 Allan®

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 04:01

'Leaked' E-Mail About Windows Live Messenger Really A Trojan

The message, which refers to an alternate name for the upcoming Live Messenger, includes a link. Users who click on the link, then download and run the executable, are installing the Virkel.f Trojan.

By Gregg Keizer
TechWeb News

Dec 27, 2005 11:28 AM

Helsinki-based F-Secure told users to ignore instant messages with the subject head "MSN Messenger 8 Working BETA" that go on to claim that "Messenger 8 BETA has been leaked!"

The message, which refers to an alternate name for the upcoming Live Messenger, also sports a link. Users who click on the link, then download and run the executable, are in reality installing the Virkel.f Trojan.

Virkel.f adds the compromised machine to a botnet, from which the hacker can update the Trojan with additional malicious code, to make the PC into a spam zombie or along with others, launch a denial-of-service (DoS) attack on Web sites. Virkel.f also shuts down anti-virus and security software, and blocks access to sites that belong to security vendors.

This bot worm spreads by hijacking IM contact names from an infected computer, then spimming those names with new messages about the "leaked" client.

Live Messenger, which is being tested by a limited number of users, recently made news when some began selling invitations to the beta test on eBay.

Source: Information Week


#2 MaX Velocity

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 04:04

Great.. Another Threat unleashed! :no:

#3 Daylene

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 04:05

Thats why people should be careful before trying to always get the latest "leaked beta" from an unknown source.

**Note: Edited the topic title, due to spelling errors.

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 04:06

actually, I did abt on purpose *LOL* Sorry was trying to keep the title short *LOL*

#5 LG1

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 09:07

Here is the email for anyone intrested

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This is funny becuase the download link is not restricted it is sign in restricted though. Stupid ppl for downloading it.