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News - September 30, 2004

Instant messaging worm exploits JPEG flaw

Security experts have spotted the first attempts to create an Internet worm that propagates using instant messages and exploits a recently disclosed flaw in Microsoft software.

Researchers at The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC) have had two reports of users receiving messages on America Online's AOL Instant Messenger service that lured them to Web sites containing malicious code, said Johannes Ullrich, chief technology officer at SANS ISC, in an interview on Wednesday. The messages told the users to "Check out my profile, click GET INFO!"

When visiting the Web sites, the malicious code would attempt to install "backdoor" software on the user's PC that gives remote attackers total control over the machine. Additionally, messages containing a link to the site would be sent out to all contacts on the victim's instant messenger contacts list, Ullrich said.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/09/29/HNjpegworm_1.html

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Sophos in porn dialler row with UK developer

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Anti-virus firm Sophos yesterday suspended detection of a "porn dialler application", following complaints from its UK-based developer.

A Sophos spokeswoman confirmed that it had removed detection of the Coulomb dialler yesterday afternoon on legal advice, following representations from Coulomb Ltd. Sophos is investigating if its AV software is wrongly detecting a legitimate dialler application developed by Coulomb Ltd as a Trojan.

http://go.theregister.com/feed/2004/09/30/sophos_porn_dialler_row/

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Brent - that link takes me to a log-in page for InfoWorld. Good thing you included the info above. Happy

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Strange..

Worked when I posted it. When I checked again after reading your post, it took me to the log-on page. Closed that window and tried a 2nd time, it took me to the story.

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Try copying and pasting the link instead of clicking on it?

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