Polyglot worm spreads over MSN

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Polyglot worm spreads over MSN

Postby TeMerc » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:24 pm

By John Leyden
23 Jan 2008

A namedropping MSN Trojan is doing the rounds through MSN Messenger.

The IRCBOT-RB Trojan poses as messages containing links to pictures on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Typical come-ons involve messages such as "Wanna see my pictures before i send em to facebook?". Clicking on a link takes users to booby-trapped websites.

Unusually, the polyglot malware changes these messages according to the language of the affected operating system used. Compromised machines are infected by a simple bot agent that leaves the hardware hooked up to a central control server, awaiting instructions.

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