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Jitux.A worm hits MSN Messenger 
New worm targets instant messaging application 

By John Blau 

January 05, 2004 

A new worm targeting users of Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Messenger software 
has squirmed through the instant messaging (IM) application. 

The Jitux.A worm comes in the form of an instant message inviting users 
to click on a URL (uniform resource locator). By clicking on the URL, 
users download the jituxramon.exe file, which then becomes resident in 
their computer's memory and sends new messages containing the link every 
five minutes to all contacts stored in MSN Messenger. 

Jitux.A has no other apparent destructive effects, nor does it cause 
changes to the system configuration, according to Panda Software Inc. 
Panda was among the first to detect the worm, which began spreading 
rapidly on Friday, largely in Portugal, Spain and Mexico. 

The malicious code is compiled in Visual Basic and runs on Windows 95, 
98, ME, NT, 200 and XP operating systems. 

Several anti-virus vendors, including Network Associates Inc. and 
Symantec Corp., updated their products and recommend users update their 
anti-virus software and scan for the virus. 

Jitux.A isn't the first worm to wiggle into popular instant messaging 
networks, particularly MSN Messenger. More than 60 IM vulnerabilities 
have been published, according to security researchers from Symantec. 
They range from security holes that could be used to crash IM clients in 
denial of service (DoS) attacks to those that allow attackers to install 
and run malicious code remotely on computers running the vulnerable IM 

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