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Akonix Identifies Pretty Girl Virus

April 11th, 2006

Akonix Systems, Inc. has identified a new instant messaging (IM) virus named Gai Xinh (Pretty Girl), that started in Vietnam, propagating over a leading public IM network. The Akonix Security Center immediately used the industry´s only real-time IM malware, spim and protocol update system to automatically push updates to customers for protection against this threat.

The “Gai Xinh” (Pretty Girl) virus was unleashed by a Vietnamese programmer, and is the first of its kind in the country. The virus uses a leading instant messaging program to infect computers when users click on a link ostensibly from an instant messenger contact. Clicking on the link sends an instant message with the same link to all contacts. Akonix classified this as a low risk virus and predicts it will not continue to spread as fast, because the message inviting users to view photos of beautiful women is only written in Vietnamese. Even so, the virus has already been detected in Europe and the US.

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