Messenger Virus

By: VoIP Weblog

Whether you are eagerly anticipating the MSN Messenger Live beta or not watch out for the virus that masquerades as it:

The virus, which F-Secure calls Virkel.F, comes as a file called BETA8WEBINSTALL.EXE that can be downloaded from a Web site. Running the program installs not a new MSN Messenger beta, but rather a virus that sends download links to a computer user's MSN Messenger buddies. The virus falsely labels the link as "MSN Messenger 8 Working BETA."

"It also connects your machine to a botnet server," F-Secure warned, meaning that a person's computer can be controlled remotely to attack other machines or send spam.

And you were thinking, "who the heck would WANT to be in that beta?" Well, it's a hot ticket online. I know some folks have been selling the beta invites on Ebay. Silly people...