New Computer Worm Spreading

A new computer worm that spreads through MSN’s instant messenger service has been attacking South Korean networks, possibly infecting thousands of terminals,Internet security experts warned Friday.

The worm, known as W32/Smess.worm, BadTrans, appears attached to an instant message as a file named “smb.exe.” The worm is a mutant version of another worm called Sinmsn,which was detected last July. “We are now preparing to post updated protection against the new messenger worm,” said Cho Ki-heum, a security chief of Ahnlab Inc., South Korea’s leading anti-virus firm.If opened, the worm will make its way to all addresses listed in one’s “contact list¡” in the messenger service’s personal address book, he added. Full Story

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