Virus Masquerades as MSN Messenger Beta

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by TheMusicMan, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Some useful info for you at this time of year...

    Virus Masquerades as MSN Messenger Beta

    Some users who think they are getting a sneak peek of the IM app are in for a bit of a surprise.

    Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
    Tuesday, December 27, 2005

    MSN Messenger users who may think they're getting a sneak peak at the latest version of Microsoft's instant messaging client are in for a nasty surprise, a Finnish security firm is warning.

    A variation of the Virkel instant messaging virus has been circulating amongst MSN users, posing as a leaked beta version of MSN Messenger 8, according to F-Secure.

    The virus uses the MSN Messenger client to send download links to all of an infected user's contacts, and connects the user's machine to a second "botnet" server, which could then could be used to install unauthorized software on the machine.

    Victims are being infected by clicking and installing the BETA8WEBINSTALL.EXE file that is being distributed via these download links, F-Secure says.

    "There is no MSN Messenger 8 yet. Not in public beta anyway." writes F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen, writing on a company blog. Microsoft recently released MSN Messenger 7.5. A representative of Microsoft's public relations agency was not able to comment for this story.
  2. lloydmcwalters

    lloydmcwalters Member

    hmmm im fairly sure there is an official public beta of msn8 because ive got it and had it for nearly 6 months . Its defiantly real because it came on a cd from microsoft with an info pack and microsoft support line number (which does work and isnt a fake)

    ooooh also if anyone sends u 'msn8' its definatly a virus , because the new msn is being called 'windows live messenger' along with a whole suite of windows live products such as a revamped hotmail and new 'live' internet explorer
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