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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Phishers hijack IM accounts

CNET News.com: "In a twist on phishing, cybercrooks are hijacking instant-messaging accounts to lure people to their information-thieving Web sites.
Traditional phishing scams send out spam e-mail that contain links to fraudulent Web sites. These sites try to trick people into giving up sensitive information, such as credit card details, Social Security numbers or login credentials for online services.
In a tactic that includes an arsenal of online weapons, scammers are now also commandeering IM accounts to spread their bait. The barrage of attacks used includes account hijacking, phishing and SPIM, or spam via instant messaging. "
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