Just Say "No" To Gmail "ViddyHo" Chats
A crazy number of readers have written in asking what they should do about unsolicited instant messages coming in from their Gmail accounts. The messages are from a site called ViddyHo urging them to "check out this video." I hope most readers will recognize the link provided in this chat invite for what it is: An invitation to give your Gmail credentials over to criminals.
A quick check of the ever-sobering Google Trends feature would telegraph that this is a scam that has ramped up extremely quickly.
Ryan Narine, security evangelist for security firm Kasperksy Lab Americas, said crooks may be after Google accounts because those accounts offer several tempting targets all in one place.
"These types of phishing attacks are not new but it's interesting that Google is the target of a multi-pronged phishing attack at the same time," Narine said. "Google Accounts, in some cases, are tied to valuable properties -- Google Checkout, Google Adsense, etc. -- so a compromised account can lead to financial damage."
The Harvard Crimson published an interesting piece Tuesday that claims to have traced the attack from this instant messaging worm to a San Francisco man.
Your best bet: Just say "no" to ViddyHo. And that goes ditto for any other unsolicited chat invites, regardless of which instant messaging platform you favor.
Update, Feb. 25, 11:44 a.m. ET: Added Kaspersky comment and Harvard Crimson link.
February 24, 2009; 7:45 PM ET
Categories: Latest Warnings , Safety Tips | Tags: chat, gmail, viddyho
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