Friday, September 22, 2006

New AIM worm may prove difficult to fight

Now we have IM worms! Soon VoIP worms.
"A sophisticated computer worm spreading via AOL Instant Messenger is setting up a botnet that may be difficult to combat, security researchers said. The worm, known as W32.pipeline, propagates when AIM users click on a Web link that appears to have been sent to them by someone on their buddy list. They receive a message along the lines of, "Hey, would it be okay if I upload this picture of you to my blog?" If the recipient clicks on the link, an executable file that looks like a JPEG will download into a Windows folder, according to researchers at security company FaceTime Communications Inc. The file can then execute a number of different attacks, said Chris Boyd, security research manager at FaceTime Security Labs and the researcher who discovered the worm. "

No comments: