Please give me your credit card

I won’t abuse it, I promise…. cross my heart… spit into the wind… etc. Hi folks, Yesterday, I received this SPIM (Instant message spam) … usnews3.com sounds kind of official, doesn’t it? and the page looks impressive… There are lots of links on the page, but unfortunately, a mouse-over of each link reveals that they all go to the same place… That’s not a good sign for a legitimate webpage. Moreover, a whois shows that it was registered just on 7th December 2009, and that the ownership is hidden behind a privacy protector service....

March 22, 2010 · 2 min · 244 words

ICQ scam in the wild

I have received a message this morning from an ICQ account with the following text written in UTF-8 and plain text: The message from ICQ.com ****** Hello. _ICQ.com: we Remind you that all ICQ numbers which have not passed activation, 1.1.2010 will be removed from a server without restoration possibility. _ _The status of yours ICQ numbers: NOT activated. _ For activation send SMS on number 8353 with the text 144444...

March 1, 2010 · 1 min · 160 words

Warning over sexy instant message called ‘Fembot'

(BBC) Lonely internet users are being warned about Fembot, a piece of malicious software that poses as a flirtatious woman looking to chat on instant messaging services. Victims are persuaded to give out personal information that could be used for fraud or identity theft, according to security experts. Fembot was first spotted in 2007 but hasn’t been seen much since then. However, there are signs she may be back on the scene in time for Valentine’s Day....

February 13, 2010 · 2 min · 243 words

10 tips for safe instant messaging

Communicating by using an instant messaging (IM) program has some of the same security and privacy risks as e-mail, but there are a few dangers that are unique to IM. Never open pictures, download files, or click links in messages from people you don’t know. If they come from someone you do know, confirm with the sender that the message (and its attachments) is trustworthy. If it’s not, close the instant message....

January 13, 2009 · 3 min · 428 words