A Malware Spread through MSN Messenger Scam

ESET, a global provider of security software for enterprises and consumers, issued a warning about a potentially harmful worm that lures users to download the latest version of MSN Messenger. The worm is spread via a URL prompting MSN Messenger users to download a Beta copy of Version 8.0 of the instant messenger software. Once the user accesses the phony URL, they become victims of an automatic download that installs a Trojan on the user's computer, opening the door to additional threats. The recent MSN scam highlights the enhanced risk of downloading unauthorized software that ultimately compromise security and are the source of malicious code.

Most organizations today have sanctioned the use of the Internet and tools such as instant messenger to increase productivity in the workplace. IT administrators are then challenged to balance Internet usage for work-related activities with acceptable use policies that maintain the integrity of the organization's network security. Without strict policies enforced, users are lured to update their software or download the latest and greatest applications at will, opening them and their company's network to malicious threats from outside the firewall.

ESET's NOD32 utilizes ThreatSense technology, a sophisticated detection system based on advanced heuristics, to proactively identify previously-unknown malware, such as the MSN Messenger scam, in real-time. ThreatSense is built into NOD32's single, unified scanning engine to provide comprehensive protection so users do not need to rely on additional point solutions for spyware and adware protection. Additionally, network and system performance is barely affected for end-users and IT administrators as NOD32 uses less than 20 MB of memory.

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