Wednesday, September 20, 2006

InfoSec Alert: New IM Worm Targets AOL Instant Messenger Users

Security experts are warning users of AOL's Instant Messaging service (AIM) that there is a worm that specifically targets them. The worm, dubbed as "W32.pipeline" delivers a file disguised as a JPG image. Once the file is saved and executed on a vulnerable computer, the worm then calls out to various networked computers and downloads a variety of malware including rootkits. W32.pipeline will then spread by sending a copy of itself to all the AIM "buddies" of the infected computer.

More details about this vulnerability can be found at the following sites:


Again, I'm glad I'm using a Mac. :)

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