Phishers hijack IM accounts

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 email 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. Phishers hijack IM accounts | CNET

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 18th October 2006 11:29PM