Funmobile will refrain from 'spimming' Windows Live Messenger customers, says Microsoft

Microsoft reports of settlement (pdf) with Funmobile, in which “Funmobile will refrain from “spimming” customers or contacts of Windows Live Messenger and will make a cash payment to Microsoft.” Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit last July filed a lawsuit alleging that Funmobile Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company had improperly sent instant messaging spam – or “spim” […]

Microsoft reports of settlement (pdf) with Funmobile, in which “Funmobile will refrain from “spimming” customers or contacts of Windows Live Messenger and will make a cash payment to Microsoft.” Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit last July filed a lawsuit alleging that Funmobile Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company had improperly sent instant messaging spam – or “spim” – to thousands of Live Messenger customers since March 2009. “Spim” – or instant messaging spam – attacks targeted victims with IMs that appear to come from the e-mail address of a friend or acquaintance and invite the recipient to click on a link. This can potentially allow “spimmers” to collect usernames and passwords and use them to access proprietary systems and customers’ accounts. Attackers can then “scrape” or “harvest” the contacts within a victim’s account and send unsolicited bulk IMs to each of those contacts. Such attacks on instant messaging services are more than just a nuisance; they are a threat to user privacy.

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