AIM worm plays nasty new trick

Posted by tuxchick on Nov 1, 2005 9:05 AM EDT
CNet News; By Joris Evers
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A worm found spreading via America Online's Instant Messenger is carrying a nastier punch than usual, a security company has warned...In addition to the "lockx.exe" rootkit file, the new worm delivers a version of the Sdbot Trojan horse, said FaceTime, which sells products to protect instant-messaging traffic. Sdbot opens a backdoor on the infected PC. The worm also places several spyware and adware applications, including 180Solutions, Zango, the Freepod Toolbar, MaxSearch, Media Gateway and SearchMiracle, the company added.

[Ed.- Gee, if only there were an operating system that did not roll out the red carpet to this sort of thing. Oh wait, there is- in fact, there are several. Funny little old world, isn't it. - tuxchick]

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