New threats hit AOL and Yahoo messengers

The publicity surrounding the launch of ‘Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith’ has prompted hackers to develop a trojan that attacks AOL and Yahoo instant message users.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 26, 2005

The publicity surrounding the launch of ‘Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith’ has prompted hackers to develop a trojan that attacks AOL and Yahoo instant message users. The threat was uncovered by IMLogic, an instant messaging security company based in California, as a trojan named PHISH.Yahoo.STAR that affects Yahoo IM. The trouble starts when a user receives an IM from someone on their buddy list and clicks on the embedded link referencing something called ‘StarGames’. Once the user clicks this, he is then asked to enter his Yahoo credentials and the trojan then resends similar messages to all the contacts on his buddy list. A similar threat surrounds America Online’s AIM client and network. The trojan, called Funny.Movie.AOL, is similar to earlier worms - Bropia and Kelvir – which have hit Microsoft’s IM clients several times this year. Funny.Movie.AOL gets users to click on a link that downloads a malicious code by displaying the message, “hehe i found this funny movie.” Instant messaging users should be careful when clicking on links that arrive in instant messages, even messages from known contacts. Updates for Symantec’s anti-virus software can be found at http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/download.html, while McAfee users can download the latest virus definitions at http://download.mcafee.com.

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