From another site, extract:

Who would do such a thing? The same sort of people who have perpetuated some of the top urban legends such as the claim that Mr. Rogers had a former secret career as a trained assassin, and that ATM users can quickly contact police in the event of an attempted robbery by entering their PIN in reverse. The cyberspace is full of lies disguised as inspiration, political alerts, health warnings, and prayers. Many come complete with enhanced photographs. The ones that are especially ironic are those that state, “Even Snopes has confirmed this,” along with a link to Snopes that attributes it as false. People who forward such emails, obviously do not check the link themselves. (source: To Forward or Not to Forward? By Patti Maguire Armstrong

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Instant Messenger and Email Sends Spam Messages to My Buddies...

This is common, nothing new or just found. Although some see it now (see the first item below), many have experienced it for almost years.  And, believing that 'This can be checked by an antivirus software or firewall' is partially correct. You need to be more cautious, careful and most important: ASK your Buddies NOT TO CLICK or try such links (see the links, below):
See also: Something related in terms of the spam (but not with msn / yahoo messenger), it is with emails (msn, yahoo, etc.) :
  • Spam being sent from my personal account = Someone has hacked my e-mail account.
  • JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST MSN VIRUSES! Is someone spamming your MSN contacts in your name? + How to avoid becoming a victim?
  • This site lures you to "verify who blocked you on their msn contact list", stealing your MSN/Hotmail password and therefore your MSN identity @ MSN experts pls, is this a scam site
    10 Instant Messaging Safety Tips @ Microsoft Security:
    1. Never open pictures, download files, or click links in messages from people you don't know.
    2. Be careful when you create a screen name.
    3. Create a barrier against unwanted instant messaging.
    4. Never provide sensitive personal information, such as your credit card numbers or passwords, in an IM conversation.
    5. Block unwanted messages.
    6. If you decide to meet a stranger that you know only from IM communication, take appropriate safety precautions.
    7. Don't send personal or private instant messages at work.
    8. If you use a public computer, do not log on automatically.
    9. When you're not available to receive messages, be careful how you display this information to other users.
    10. Monitor and limit your children's use of IM.
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