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MSN virus

by Ivana Strahija on December 26th, 2005 Security experts are warning users of the popular MSN Messenger to avoid downloading and installing BETA8WEBINSTALL.EXE, a file that has been circulating the web, posing as a new version of the messenger software. Bogus MSN Messinger 8 is in fact a virus.

This virus, once installed, uses the 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 unauthorised software on the machine. -There is no MSN Messenger 8 yet. Not in public beta anyway, wrote F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen on a company blog.

Although Microsoft released a beta version of its instant messaging client to a select number of users, the software is not called MSN Messenger 8, according to a spokeswoman for the company. -The anti-virus community is currently tracking a malicious threat which poses as "MSN Messenger 8 Working BETA" and may spread to users via MSN Messenger, Microsoft's spokeswoman said. -We highly discourage anyone from downloading any betas from any site other than Microsoft/MSN sanctioned sites as we are not able to guarantee the authenticity of the files.'

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