Last night if you’re on my Yahoo Messenger contacts list, you might have gotten a strange looking link from me. It links to a fake Yahoo login website, and if you logged yourself in, someone would have gotten a hold of your password. Apparently, on a busy day, I wasn’t thinking, and I fell for a phishing scheme and gave my Yahoo password to some bad guy. Then last night he logged into my Yahoo account and sent an IM to everyone on my contacts list to try to phish more people out. I happened to find out about it because I was looking at Wendy’s computer and she got an IM from me but I clearly wasn’t online. Then suddenly I realized that someone has broken into my account and impersonated as me…
I proceeded to warn all my friends about it. But after changing my Yahoo password, one of my friends told me she got another IM from me with the weird link. That’s when I decided to close my Yahoo account right away.
During this time, someone told me about this term “phishing scheme,” which I had never heard before. But we will be hearing more of it. Just in 2004, there have been 1400 different phishing schemes to trick people into giving out their passwords. In order to be more Internet savvy, we all should know and understand more about phishing.
Here’s a news article talking about the Yahoo Messenger phishing scheme that I fell for:
Here’s another news article with more info about phishing schemes in general:
Keep your internet usage happy and safe!