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Sami 03-19-2006 02:51 AM

New Botnets Hit IMs For IDs From Online Shoppers And PayPal
 
It looks like yet another route is getting hit by cybercriminals, this time in the form of botnets raiding instant messaging clients for personal information tied to Online Shoppers and PayPal.

Acting on an anonymous tip, researchers have uncovered two "botnet" networks that collectively represent up to 150,000 compromised computers, one of which is being used as a vehicle to fraudulently scan desktop and back-end systems to obtain credit card numbers, bank accounts, and personal information including log-ins and passwords. The operators could potentially launch these scans from any computer on the botnet to mask their actual location.

More at source

News Source: securitypronews.com

ChatMod#1 03-19-2006 06:02 PM

Sami, how is it possible from stopping this from happening?

Sami 03-19-2006 06:17 PM

As the article says be be careful when clicking on links in instant messenger conversations.

Also regularly check for spyware on your pc, and install a good firewall.


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