IM Bots Dupe Users Into Spreading Worms

By | December 6, 2005

Businesses and users are being warned that a new breed of malicious IM bots are duping users into spreading IM worm payloads.

Once the user is infected, the bot sends online users a message that appears to come from the infected user and attempts to persuade the user to download the worm payload. The bot was designed to send a follow-up message when the recipients of the message reply.

Just like many other worms, the IM bot utilize social engineering techniques create an interactive communication with intended targets, more effectively simulating a live user and increase infection rates.

By far, the worm has been identified on AOL Instant Messaging Network.

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