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Yahoo IM Phishing Attack

by Liuba13 / May 8, 2007 5:27 PM PDT

hello, I was sent a link via a friend's IM which turned out to be a phising attack. The link directed me to Yahoo Geocites page where I was prompted to log in using my Yahoo log in and password (which I did - yikes!) As a result, the same link was sent automatically to everyone in my IM address book, which prompted several of my friends to log in and do the same. Since I did this, I am able to get into my yahoo account as usual, but I am unable to change my account password.

Can someone please advise what the implications are for my computer at work and at home, since I use Yahoo IM in both places and I do access my yahoo account?

Also, should I just scrap that email address and open a brand new Yahoo account?

I've seen a number of online articles warning users about this, but no solutions are being mentioned. Help!

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by Fr0! / May 10, 2007 1:50 PM PDT

What do you mean that you can't change the password? Does it give you an error? Does it require you to answer a secret question? I'd suggest you use that as a reset (provided you remember the answer) and try again.


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Yahoo phishing
by princessmandy / May 10, 2007 11:47 PM PDT

Hello that is happening a lot on Yahoo Instant Messenger. You need to contact Yahoo by going here http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/security/account_security/account_security-110323.html or calling their customer service support number and they will help you get your account back.
Yahoo Customer Care
866-562-7219 or 866-722-3755 or

These people who steal your Yahoo passwords will go down your buddy list doing the same thing to the people on your list.

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How do I delete the above?
by Hopeitworkx / May 11, 2007 11:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Yahoo phishing

I don't want my e-mail displayed in this thread. (the post which says "sent to...")

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For Future Reference, Contact Mods as They Can...
by tobeach / May 13, 2007 2:59 PM PDT

arrange removal of Address or even whole post. They often do so without being asked (if they spot it)as just as service to help protect members.
After all, this IS a security forum !! Grin

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Phishing via Yahoo msgr
by gocker35 / May 13, 2007 9:54 PM PDT

A number of my friends have received such links and asked for help. My reply is simple: never click on links unless the friend has told you beforehand that he/she is going to send you a link. If you can't get in to change your password, close messenger, reboot and start over. You should then be able to get to your account to make changes. If not, contact Yahoo directly.

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