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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:13 am 
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I got this in my email this morning. Don't know if it's true or not as it was a forwarded message, but thought I'd pass it along:


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Yahoo is again experiencing a virus attack. It's attacking Yahoo
Messenger users in an attempt to steal passwords. It's also causing
emails to bounce and other problems at Yahoo.

To combat this, first, go to Yahoo and change your password! Second,
if you get ANY messages from anyone referring you to a
website, DO NOT click on it! This is where the passwords are gathered.
They may say you have an ecard, or may point you toward a music site, a dating site and/or a photo album.

Don't go there! A way you can see this is in the websites address. A
secure Yahoo site will contain the prefix https:// where a non-secure
non-Yahoo sites address will start with just http://. The 's', which
stands for secure, is missing. Look closely at the addy you're being
refered to for this telltale sign. If that s is missing, DO NOT sign-in!!!

To my knowledge, this does not affect your hard drive or system in any
way other than sending bogus messages which will send others to a
malicious website designed to infect their computers with the virus
and steal passwords for Yahoo accounts. This virus is only affecting
instant Messenger programs for now.

Another part of this is that some Yahoo acounts are being de-activated
by bouncing emails caused by the virus. You can visit the Yahoo Help
page dealing with this at the addy below or visit the 'Links' folder
at the group for the address.

help.yahoo.com/ help/us/groups/ mygroups/ mygroups- 07.html

If anyone has any questions, please refer them to your anti-virus
support people, visit their website and/or ask the Yahoo Help folks
for more information
.


We get a lot of newbies (mostly bots of one kind or another) who link to websites mentioned in the quote. A word to the wise is to not click on their links...ever.

Catherine

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Thanks Cat, my little girls use Yahoo to chat with their grandmother in Al. I will keep a watch out on their computer.


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first of all...be sure that it's an official yahoo site before you enter information. i'd contact yahoo first and ask them if it's legit. i get alot of stuff like that from "paypal" telling me i need to change some stuff for security reasons...but, paypal does not notify it's members like that. same thing with ebay. i never respond to any of them.

i'd be very hesitant to link to the web site and change anything unless you contact yahoo first. they set up web sites to look "official"..some look just like paypal's site...but, you can tell by the web address...because it will be slightly different than the original.

just my 2 cents worth. i never use yahoo.

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