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Worm, phishing scam hit IM services


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 25 May 2005 - 05:57 AM

"A new worm and a phishing scam are targeting members of the America Online and Yahoo instant messaging networks, security companies warned Tuesday."Published: May 24, 2005, 4:43 PM PDT By Joris Evers Staff Writer, CNET News.com "In both cases, people receive an instant message with an apparent reference to the newly released "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" movie, encouraging them to click on a link.... "Both seek to capitalize on momentum and enthusiasm around the 'Star Wars' movie." In the case of the AOL worm, the text in the instant message is: "hehe, i found this funny movie," and the word "this" is a hyperlink, according to the IMLogic advisory. The Yahoo message references "StarGames" in the link, IMLogic said in its warning. IMLogic has listed both the Yahoo and AOL issues as "medium" risk threats."
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Posted 25 May 2005 - 07:50 AM

Interesting article Koan, thanks.

Instant Messaging program users may be interested in registering at the IMlogic Threat Center to receive email alerts concerning the latest threats propagated through these programs. The Threat Center also contains links to info on various threats which then link to removal instructions in case of infection. Seems to be a handy resource.

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