Hackers have used phishing techniques via email to obtain personal information from their victims. A new form of phishing attack surfaced. Attackers now use Instant Messaging (IM) to gain access to your personal information. This new attack on Yahoo IM delivers an IM message to the user that appears to be coming from someone they know. The message contains a link to a site that looks like Yahoo which requests the user to login. Once the user logs in, the login name and password are captured allowing the hacker to gain access to the user’s account.
This was written up in March 2005 by CNET and I just received one of these phishing messages recently.
Phishing Yahoo Messenger