The latest proof that AOL users are stupid comes in the form of an IM worm that chats to the recipient. A little bit of social engineering always helps a virus/worm go further, but social engineering AOL users is pure gold.
A new worm that targets users of America Online's AOL Instant Messenger is believed to be the first that actually chats with the intended victim to dupe the target into activating a malicious payload, IM security vendor IMlogic warned Tuesday.
According to IMlogic, the worm, dubbed IM.Myspace04.AIM, has arrived in instant messages that state: "lol thats cool" and included a URL to a malicious file "clarissa17.pif." When unsuspecting users have responded, perhaps asking if the attachment contained a virus, the worm has replied: "lol no its not its a virus", IMlogic said.
The malicious file disables security software, installs a backdoor and tweaks system files, the company said. Then it starts sending itself to contacts on the victim's buddy list.
But the worm is programmed so that the infected user cannot see the messages that are being sent out by the worm, according to IMlogic.
How simple is the conversation that it strikes up?
'lol thats cool' and 'lol no its not its a virus', stupid AOL users... Even the second message tells you it is a virus, but the stupid yokels/hicks/trailer trash that use AOL probably don't understand English well enough to comprehend what it is saying. Grade 5 was the hardest 10 years of their lives, then they got married to their cousin.
New IM worm chats with intended victims - CNET news.com