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Rise of SPIM & Malicious ChatterBots
SPIM are spams through Instant Messaging.
These are now becoming prevalent threats. They are annoying and unfortunately if user falls into their tricks, it could lead to phishing sites and/or installation of malwares. Check out this blog post from CA.
In my past blog “Your MSN Account Has Been 0WN3D” I have described how phishers get into your IM credentials. Apparently, they are everywhere supporting different languages as I have shown in this post “Identity Theft And Your MSN Account“
Aside from phishers, spammers and possible malware you can get is the emerging trend of malicious Chatterbots.
Let say in YM and you surf around and join chatrooms, you’ll find these chatterbots will immediately PM you. Obviously, you can spot if the other end is real or not but there are good ones that you won’t easily recognize as chatterbots. You’ll find later during your conversation that these bot will start to send a link or sometimes will require you to install something.
One example is like this… you join YM chatroom and somebody will send you a request as shown below.
After entering the conference room, you’ll find that it’s only you and the chatterbot.
It’s funny ‘coz it will start popping up some links and once you reply, it will just exit. **Thanks to Astr0 for the screenshots!**
Be careful and stay away from these threats!