contacts send me spam on Yahoo! Messenger

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  1. juanegg

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    i'm using Yahoo! Messenger 3 beta 4... and i've been getting spam messages from my contacts... at first i thought..."hahaha nako mga windows talga laging may malware"... kaso! ako ata ang may malware!

    i get spammed from random CONTACTS/friends, and i know it isn't from them kasi iba ibang social circle ngagaling un, eh usually with me, isang barkada ung na vivirus or na phphish

    so help.. :(

    this is an example of what i get...

    "BUZZ!!! (yup they buzz me first! this gets really annoying at night)

    FInally after all this time I found the only way to lose a lot of weight in just a few weeks and not have to diet or excercise. I seen it on Oprah and the news, ordered it and lost 36 pounds in just a few weeks and still losing, they have it now for only five dollars order it at http://mendreal.com"
     
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    There's a Yahoo Messenger for Windows Virus going around. If you click the link (and you're using a Windows PC that's not up to date) , you'll get infected.

    I haven't used the YM client for years, I use Pidgin on Windows PCs, and Pidgin Portable on my USB flash drive to connect to Yahoo messenger. It's not affected by the Windows YM virus, niether should your Mac and Mac version YM.
     
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    but the thing is even my friends who i know use a mac, also send me spam..
     
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    Interesting. There seems to be plenty of recent discussion on blogs about it, but few yet from security sites. Another blog. Yet another. An article on eHow warns that you may have to cancel your credit card if you sign up for the Acai berry scam (by accepting the free offer in the link).
     
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    Wow amazing research! hehe atleast now theres a name.. "acai berry" hahaha
     
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    Me too! I've received a couple the past few days from friends who go online.
     
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    Ooh that's spam? I thought alot of my friends have recently discovered a quick way to lose weight talaga. :) Was about to order pa naman. Hehehe.
     
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    been receiving messages about losing weight from facebook contacts (thru adium)....

    how can i make it stop? thanks
     
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    Same here.
    I hate the BUZZ-ing esp. at night.
    I also receive that acai berry thing.
     
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    i'm also receiving this kinds of spam messages this couple of days which is very irritating.. we're getting buzz'ed even from those old/aged contact list which dont exist anymore!
     
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    i hate getting to bed then suddenly hearing a buzz, and getting up just to find out its spam!! ugg..

    some guy suggested to use a firewall, so turned on my firewall ... havn't gotten any messages since then.. will see when i wake up later :D
     
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    ive been receiving them too. the funny thing is that i receive them from friends who are online or on invisible mode. nabubuking tuloy sila na naka invisible lang. i think the virus acts up when the inflicted contact goes online.
     
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    Acai Berry?!? yes it's true.. i tried taking Acai Berry even before I have been receiving the spam messages in yahoo. it works but I can't stand the side-effects so I stopped taking it.

    i thought i'm the only one receiving those kind of spam messages in yahoo.. i also noticed facebook chat has spam messages too.
     
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    could it be that its yahoo's servers that are screwed up with this virus and not our machines. i get these alot too. from windows and mac users
     
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    hmm. i wonder where the spam is coming from... i really doubt it "infected" my contacts...

    but hey guys.. i set my firwall to "set access for specific services and applications" yesterday, and when i woke up today i didnt get any "spIM"s :D
     
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    won't it affect anything? i mean setting up your firewall? mails might not come in either.
     
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    ^
    why will the firewall do that? i don't know if its me, but haven't gotten anything yet.. and everything works fine.. :D
     
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    got a porn spam message from a contact windows user last month and sent him a screenshot of the thing. I sure he did not send it. I thought his pc had the malware/virus. He did not respond though. Baka cya nga nagpadala haha. But seriously, he was not the type to send me such a message.
     
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    @ kiko
    Hahaha! Me too but here's what happen, I got a spam message from my friend who already passed away few years ago! which kinda annoyed me 'coz he's dead but also freaked me out.. *G-bumps* creepy!
     
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    So this means the spIMmers don't need a YM account to be online to be able to do their dirty work (unless somebody else is using your dead friend's account). This might mean they might have access to Yahoo' YM servers, which is bad news IMO....
     
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