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Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MSNWorm.IE
Technical name:W32/MSNWorm.IE.worm
Threat level:Medium

It connects to a website to download updates of itself or to send information about the computer. It spreads via email messages and instant messaging programs in messages that include a link to a malicious website.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:April 19, 2010
Detection updated on:April 26, 2010

Brief Description 


MSNWorm.IE is worm which attempts to connect with a certain website to download updates of itself or to send information about the computer.

Additionally, it adds itself to the list of authorized applications by the Windows firewall in order to avoid being blocked.

MSNWorm.IE spreads via email messages and instant messaging programs using messages that include a link to a malicious website from which a copy of itself is downloaded.

Visible Symptoms 


MSNWorm.IE is easy to recognize, as it spreads via instant messaging programs in messages that invite users to see a picture which seems to be taken from Facebook.

The following is an example:

Instant message sent by MSNWorm.IE

Additionally, it uses messages in different languages depending on the language of the operating system of the affected computer:
English: seen this?? :D
           look at this picture :D
Spanish: mira esta fotografia :D
Portuguese: olhar para esta foto :D
French: regardez cette photo :D
German: schau mal das foto an :D
Italian: guardare quest'immagine :D
Dutch: bekijk deze foto :D
Sweedish: titta ps min bild :D
Danish: ser ps dette billede :D
Norwegian: se ps dette bildet :D
Finish: katso tStS kuvaa :D
Slovenian: poglej to fotografijo :D
Slovak: pozrite sa na tto fotografiu :D
Chzech: podfvejte se na mou fotku :D
Polish: spojrzec na to zdjecie :D
Romanian: uita-te la aceasta fotografie :D
Hungarian: nTzd meg a kTpet :D
Turkish: bu resmi bakmak :D