I have recently been hit by some MSN messenger spammers. Here is what happens. On my buddy list I have some buddies who havent signed on for a long time. For example, my dad is one of my buddies. However, he has switched to AIM a long time ago, and does not use his MSN IM account anymore. Recently, I saw him sign on, and I started getting messeges from "him" in French or some other language. Also, a similar thing to some of my other buddies who did not sign on for a long time. Now, I know there were real people behind this, not just spambots, because the first time this happened, I thought they were my real buddies to whom i talked before. I started talking to them, and they played along for a while pretending to be the poeple who I thought they were. Eventually when I realized that they were fake, I blocked them, and changed my trillian options (I use trillian, and gaim when in linux) so only the people on my list could contact me.
What happened? Do you think that the people who have not signed on for a long time had their accounts taken over? OR did their accounts expire, and were taken over by the other users (who coincidently all were spammers). What do you think? I am also an expert in troublshooting worms, hijacks, and other nasties. Want to know what other experts here think.