Messenger Beta Version 8 is a Virus Hoax
December 29th, 2005
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Finnish security firm is warning users not to install a leaked beta
version of MSN Messenger version 8. It is a hoax that is a
variation of the Virkel instant messaging virus.
The virus uses
MSN Messenger client to send the infection to the entire user’s
contact list, then connects the user’s computer to a second “botnet”
server which can be further used to install more unauthorized
software on the machine, such as phishing, hijacking, or keylogger
At this time
there is no MSN Messenger version 8 Beta being publicly distributed
by Microsoft. The unsuspecting victims install the
BETA8WEBINSTALL.EXE that is being distributed by download links.
The most current
version that is available is MSN Messenger 7.5. You can check the
version you currently have by opening the MSN Messenger window and
go to the Help pull down menu, then select About MSN Messenger.
This will display the current version that you have installed. Do
not install any software that prompts you otherwise. It would be
best to browse to the Microsoft website for the most current version
and install directly from Microsoft’s website.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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