MSN worm does rounds

Wednesday, 7 January 2004, 1:13 PM EST

A new worm that targets users of Microsoft's MSN Messenger network is one of several threats in the wild, but a local vendor says the holiday season has been quiet on the infections front.

Anti-virus vendors Panda, Trend Micro and Network Associates warn that the threat level and distribution of the Jitux.A worm (W32/Jitux.A) remain high.

Jitux spreads through the MSN text chat application and tries to get users to download malicious code. The worm comes in the form of a URL, which downloads the "jituxramon.exe" file. According to Panda Software, when a user runs the file, the worm sends new messages containing the link every five minutes to all contacts stored in MSN Messenger.

The worm has no destructive effects, nor does it change the system configuration. It runs on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP.

By Carel Alberts at ITWeb.

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