MSN For You - MSN Messenger Worm Virus Self Phishing Replicating Evil
Wow. I just got nailed. A trusted friend sent me a standard "check this out" instant message on MSN saying I should take a look at a site called http://www.newmsnlive.info also known as http://www.msnforyou.info and http://www.get-messenger.com.
Do NOT visit these links.
I didn't read the FAQ, but there's these gems:
"By using the Online Delete Checker you authorize Get-Messenger to temporarily change your nick to "http://www.get-messenger.com: Find out who removed you from his/her contact list" only for advertising purposes. You can change the nick again the next time you log into your regular MSN Messenger® client."
By using the Online Delete Checker you authorize Get-Messenger to send Instant Messages on your behalf to your online contacts advertising the site.
It is quite simple. We just try to get visits in order to make money publishing ads. There are no dark or mischievous intentions behind."
I don't know what I was thinking, but I figured I could just change my password afterwards. What I didn't expect, though, was that the website would send out Instant Messages to 300 of my closet friends, some of the messages in Spanish, asking THEM to visit the site.
Of course, these terms of service are buried at the bottom of a long FAQ I didn't read. I appreciate that they are 'honest' but I really find this way of viral advertising to be disingenuous. Fortunately, I'm not the only one who is finding this to be very uncool, and the site(s) are starting to show up in Anti-Phishing Databases.
The issue is also being escalated with Windows Live Messenger Operations with the intent to get the URL blocked. And I've changed my Live Password.
I'm so embarrassed. This is the first time I've ever been "successfully" phished. And hopefully the last.