Heartworm infects IM network

By jobeard
Sep 27, 2006
  1. The latest worm to infect instant-messaging networks is aptly named Heartworm.

    The worm, actually called W32.heartworm.a, affects users of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger service (formerly MSN Messenger)

    ...another worm called Pipeline, which secretly delivers an executable file disguised as a JPEG that then installs rootkits and Trojans on systems running AOL's Instant Messenger service.

    These and other IM worms that have emerged of late show that spammers and malware writers are looking beyond e-mail for ways to get their messages across and spread their exploits. According to the Radicati Group, there are currently 995 million IM accounts in use worldwide, and that number is expected to grow to more than 1.6 billion by 2010.

    for the full story, see this article
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