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IQ test yahoo IM spam

Posted on 2010-11-29
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For the IQ test yahoo IM spam, how does this virus work or is it even a virus?  

The machines of compromised users that I scan for malware have nothing, so I'm assuming it's just that their account has been hacked and their is nothing wrong with their machine (though it's funny that I got three today)

However, in researching this, it is recommended by various sites to do a complete scan on any computer a compromised user has used.  However, the real cure for a compromised user is to have them login to their yahoo account and change their password - quite generous that their account wasn't completely taken over and locked out.

This makes me wonder: Are their are elements of this that may be local to the machine or is it just a well intentioned overreaction?

(this is the phishing scam that takes you to a dutch site - mymindquiz.com - that has you enter your mobile phone number and they charge you every month for a fake "mobile content charge" )

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It is just an overreaction to a point. That spam is a phishing attack to bill your phone. It is surprisingly difficult to get a refund as in general you are relying on the scammers to issue the refund. Generally the mobile company doesn't want to hear anything about it and will back away and not help you.

It is possible to be infected with a virus that will try and get your yahoo passwords etc so I think the idea is to play it safe in that if there is a suspicion of something funny going in then it is a good idea to change your password on a clean computer to be safe.
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OK, thanks.  Yes, it's better safe than sorry.
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