MSN Viruses in 2007!

My, my. There are still viruses in 2007.

I know this because my 16 year old sister, whose computer runs Windows (Yes, yes: I did install gNewSense for her over the summer, with the only gripe being the lack of Flash, since all the other software she needs is either well catered for by free software or proprietary webapps) just got a virus, propagating through MSN Messenger.

“She” sent me a message (I run the Pidgin IM client) saying “OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS PICTURE!!!! :D” and I asked her, “Er, what picture?” and she said “Oh no! My friend sent me a virus!”

As in, a zip file “picts 9984” with an 80k file inside it named “” - and the COM file extension is executable, from the MS-DOS days.


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One Response to “MSN Viruses in 2007!”

  1. Ian Forrester on December 29th, 2007 02:58

    I spent 2 days redoing someone machine recently because of a trojan attack from some software she had downloaded. Luckly she hadn’t gone online for the last 6 months, so I don’t believe the data was uploaded to the master server.

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