New IM worm speaks your language

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Researchers at Akonix Systems said they found a new variant of the Kelvir instant messaging worm that adapts to the language of a user's system.

Kelvir.HI, which checks the system settings of an IM client and sends a message in the appropriate language, is the first of its kind, according to researchers at Akonix, a supplier of IM security.

The company rated the worm as a low risk, as did Symantec.

Kelvir.HI spreads through MSN Messager and targets Windows systems, according to Symantec.

The worm downloads a copy of the Spybot worm and sends messages in either English, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, or Turkish, Akonix researchers said.

In July, Akonix reported a 400 percent increase in IM threats in the second quarter of this year.

www.akonix.com

Copyright © SC Magazine, US edition


 
 
 
Top Stories
Turnbull introduces data retention legislation
Still no definition of metadata to be stored.
 
Images: the next frontier in data analytics?
Barclay’s global data chief says we’re still at the starting line.
 
Crime Commission prepares core systems overhaul
Will replace 30 year-old national criminal database.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
In which area is your IT shop hiring the most staff?




   |   View results
IT security and risk
  27%
 
Sourcing and strategy
  13%
 
IT infrastructure (servers, storage, networking)
  21%
 
End user computing (desktops, mobiles, apps)
  14%
 
Software development
  26%
TOTAL VOTES: 415

Vote
Would your InfoSec team be prepared to share threat data with the Australian Government?

   |   View results
Yes
  55%
 
No
  45%
TOTAL VOTES: 195

Vote