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New Global Epidemic ICQ Worm Harvests Financial Info

A new worm is targeting users of the ICQ instant messenger by tricking them into clicking on links delivered via IM, security experts said Tuesday. About 50,000 machines have been infected with the Bizex worm, said Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs. The security firm called outbreak the first global epidemic among ICQ users. Invitations to a malicious site lead ICQ users to the jokeworld.biz Web site, where vulnerabilities in both Internet Explorer and Windows are used by the hacker to download the worm and launch it on the compromised machine. Bizex spreads by hijacking ICQ contacts from the infected machine, then sending IMs with the link to jokeworld to all those contacts. Full Story

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