July 19th, 2009, 11:06 AM
I came across this term, which is a new one on me..............spamming via instant messaging.
Apparently Microsoft are suing an outfit called Funmobile over abuse of their Live Messenger.
I guess people are not so wary about instant messages they think have come from someone they know?
Basically by harvesting their address book/contacts list.
The suit alleges that Funmobile used instant-messaging spam, known as “spim,” to direct people to websites that deceived them into turning over their Windows Live Messenger login information and passwords. According to the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) suit, Funmobile then used those logins to break into accounts and send more spim.
Trouble is that the bad guys are pretty good and some of these fake sites look very convincing.
Windows Live users should "never disclose their Windows Live ID and password to a third party other than Microsoft," Cranton said.
Last edited by nihil; July 19th, 2009 at 11:26 AM.