Bropia Worm Uses MSN Messenger

    January 24, 2005

A mischievous worm has been making the rounds, with help, in part, from Microsoft’s instant messenger client. Called the Bropia worm, the virus uses MSN Messenger buddy lists to propagate itself.

Dubbed by Symantec as low-damage/medium-spread worm, the Bropia worm is more of a nuisance than a dire threat. According to,

“The worm when executed prevents the task manager from being started and searches for files like adaware.exe, VB6.exe, Iexplore.exe and Win32.exe. It then drops and executes the W32.Spybot.worm. The spybot variant is executed when Windows starts It then monitors for changes in the status of the MSN contacts and sends copies of itself to the contacts in Messenger. It also disables the right mouse button so you cannot right click to access context sensitive menus.”

To read more, visit Symantec’s information page.

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