Phishers Target Yahoo Messenger

    Date28 Mar 2005
    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    While most e-mail users are on guard against viruses, they are far too casual about instant messages, says Sophos security analyst Greg Mastoras. "Virus writers like to exploit low-hanging fruit, and IM is a low-hanging fruit."

    The scam works by sending a message from someone on a user's buddy list with a link to what appears to be a Yahoo URL, Akonix reports. Once the user enters credentials on the Web site, the attacker has access to personal information stored in the user's Yahoo Profile.

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