Today, I was logged into Live (formerly MSN) Messenger when I got a message from an old friend. I haven’t talked to him in years. I didn’t even remember who he was for a minute. Here’s the conversation:
(5:57:28 PM) D: hey r you there?
(6:00:19 PM) K: yes.
(6:01:32 PM) K: What’s up?
(6:01:42 PM) D: i just took an IQ quiz
(6:02:49 PM) K: lol this is a weird malware. Hope you can see this. you’re comp’s hacked.
(6:04:28 PM) K: So you took an IQ quiz… and?
(6:04:47 PM) D: i was smarter than i am lol i scored 110
(6:06:20 PM) K: I must be bored. 110
(6:06:29 PM) K: ‘s pretty low. Soooo?
(6:07:00 PM) D: you should see if you can beat me on h**p://iqscoretest5.com/?test=3v5368f16
(6:08:21 PM) K: Finally the link. You’re computer’s really messed up man. You probly don’t even use this account anymore. Ima delete you alright?
(6:08:36 PM) D: i bet you cant lol
(6:09:03 PM) K: What? Let’s see where this goes..
(6:09:19 PM) D: take it now while im in the shower and tell me your score when im back
(6:10:05 PM) K: well deleting now.
The bot actually seems to wait for my response. When it said, “i bet you cant lol”, I actually thought for a second it was responding to me saying, I’m going to delete you. It wasn’t…
Anyways, look out for something like this. On top of the usual precautions, change your passwords once in a while and don’t click the links if you’re on the receiving end of such messages. When your messenger account or email account gets compromised, it’s not only a headache for you but also for all your contacts who are going to receive spam and viruses.