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Maniccum poses minor threat to IM users

Maniccum poses minor threat to IM users

Robert Vamosi Former Editor
As CNET's former resident security expert, Robert Vamosi has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and other outlets to share his knowledge about the latest online threats and to offer advice on personal and corporate security.
Robert Vamosi
Maniccum (W32.maniccum.worm) poses a very minor threat to users of AOL and MSN Instant Messengers. The worm, if activated, will attempt to disable firewalls, antivirus software, and will attempt to open a backdoor to connect to an IRC server for updated commands, such as a denial-of-service (DoS) attack. A few antivirus software companies have updated their signature files to include this worm. This will stop the infection upon contact and in some cases will remove an active infection from your system. For more information, see and Symantec.