Yahoo Messenger Invaded by Phishing Scam

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Yahoo Messenger Invaded by Phishing Scam

Yahoo Instant Messenger users have fallen target to a phishing attack where victims receive messages which appear to be from their Yahoo buddies. If the user clicks on the message then they are taken to a site which is cloned as a Yahoo site which requires user login. Then the phishermen have access to one’s Yahoo login and all accounts under Yahoo that Yahoo user.The security attack on the Yahoo Messenger system has been confirmed by Yahoo and security specialists.

Yahoo directs such user login scams on its 10 Essential Security Tips, however, Yahoo does not mention the Messenger Phishing scam individually. : Scams are a popular way of getting your personal information. The most common scams are fake login pages and forged emails that ask for your password, credit card number, or other sensitive information.

“Phishing is an industry-wide issue, and one that Yahoo! takes very seriously,” said Yahoo spokeswoman Terrell Karlsten, in a statement on eWeek. “A key defense in the fight against phishing is consumer awareness, and Yahoo! has made it a priority to help educate consumers so that they are empowered to protect themselves online.”

Phishing is a common practice in email where attackers pose as legitimate institutions, such as banks, and encourage the message recipients to click on a URL. The Web site appears to be official and asks users to enter a confidential user name and password, often times to ‘confirm their identity’. While email filtering tools are deployed at most enterprises to block phishing attempts, less than 10% off all enterprises have security solutions in place for IM networks, providing an attractive target for phishing schemes.

“With this year’s explosive growth in IM worms and attacks, organizations can no longer afford to leave their IM users unprotected and unmanaged,” said Francis Costello, chief marketing officer of Akonix Systems. “Phishing scams target sensitive data access utilizing unsuspecting employees, and worms can quickly compromise entire networks. Akonix provides the tools that allow organizations to continue to realize the productivity benefits and cost savings of IM while insulating their employees and networks from the growing threat of IM-based attacks.”

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Joe

    The sad part is for those that have fallen victim to the scam, Yahoo will not help because not only does the thief gain control of your account, they change security answers to yahoo’s questions and now that that the two no longer match up, Yahoo will not help regain control of your account. This protects the thief, so for Yahoo to say it takes these matters serious seems to be a joke. Meanwhile the thief has access to email records for on-line purchases and perpetuates the scam by sending the fake message to people on your stolen contact list gaining contol of their accounts as well.

  • Jennifer

    Seems I have fallen victim to this myself. Only problem is that the IM I received came up as being from Yahoo! and their customer service department telling me that I have been reported multiple times for violating their terms of service and that I have to access the link and address the complaints or my account will be deleted. Well, unfortunately I did as it requested and you are right, it asked for my signon and password. Later that night I could no longer access my account. But it is still there. I just can’t sign in. I hope that what you tell me about Yahoo! is not true, as I really need access to my account again. I would like to see what they had access to as well.

  • darlene

    i think someone is trying to scam me .what should i do.

  • Ronnie Blaylock

    Recently somebody tried to scam me out of cash and she is still using yahoo messenger to scam others who can i report this to?

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  • Mike

    My yahoo mail is never used. I made the acct. only to use when I PCSd to Germany 15 years ago. It just collects spam now. But I got one of those messages as a phone text today. I don’t use messenger but I surely wouldn’t with someone who won’t tell me who they are.