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Windows Live - hijacks? invites to sex sites.

by peterhwgtn / January 29, 2009 5:26 AM PST

Periodically I receive messages from contacts on my Windows Live Messenger contact list.

The person is off line at the time the message is sent.

The window records this offline status and gives links to sex sites.

I give here an example of what text is inside the chat window:

"maysam appears to be offline. Messages you send will be delivered when they sign in. E-mail this contact instead

maysam says:
http://maysampraow.profileplaace.com/profile128.php
I CANT WAIT TO CHAT WITH YOU SEXY

In this example maysam is the user ID of the account the message comes from however I am assuming this account is being hijacked.

Can anyone please tell me how I can stop this without having to cut my contact with my friend.

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I received a second example of this today (Sat. Jan. 31, 200
by peterhwgtn / January 30, 2009 5:26 AM PST

Another example of this hijacking process happened today.

Here is the text that appeared in the Windows Live chat window, this time for a friend how has the user ID of voicemail.

"voicemail appears to be offline. Messages you send will be delivered when they sign in. E-mail this contact instead

voicemail says:
boommerrang14 check out these awesome pics from the awesome party LOL http://peterhooper.all-party-pics-4u.com"

Again I ask for any help or comments from other Windows Live users.

This time I note that the URL offered used my name, not the name of the contact whose account appears to be hijacked.

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It is a classic scam...
by John.Wilkinson / January 30, 2009 1:21 PM PST

Windows Live lets you block IMs from those not on your contact list, which I would recommend to limit such spam. However, it is also possible to receive spam despite that setting due to security flaws which are discovered from time to time, the possibility of an individual's account (username/password) being compromised, or an individual on your contact list becoming infected with a piece of malware designed to spam all of those on the user's contact list.

This particular piece of spam is a classic scam, attempting to get you to log into an unknown individual's website in order to obtain your username/password, with which they can take control of your Windows Live account. It is also somewhat creative, adding the subdomain "peterhooper," likely based on your username, to lure you into the trap. You can notify your contacts that they may want to scan their computers for malware and change their passwords, but other than that there is little you can do but ignore the spam and, most importantly, do not visit the websites linked to.

John

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