Yahoo chat hacked?

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  1. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    Hi there.


    I just recently opened a Yahoo account for the purpose of live chat with someone who does not have Gmail or other chat programs.

    Today, I signed in to check any messages there, and then went on to browsing the web, without having signed out from the Yahoo account.

    And as I was so browsing, there opened a Yahoo chat window on my screen from some unknown person, of dubious nature, to boot.

    What happened? How can I prevent this from happening in the future?
    Was my computer or my Yahoo account violated?

    There is F-Secure running on my computer.


    Explanations and help are much appreciated.
     
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  3. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    What exactly happened? when you say dubious nature, what did they say or do?
     
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  5. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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    Need a few important details to proceed.

    Could you post a screen shot?
     
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  7. RubiksMaster Real eyes realize real lies Registered Senior Member

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    Did you click on any external links from within that yahoo session? Maybe someone sent you a message with a link in it that you clicked on?
     
  8. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    Thank you all.


    A chat window opened, the way a chat window opens if someone begins a chat with you.

    The thing is - I have never added that person to my contact list. So how can anyone contact me in a chat if I have never added them to my contact list?

    I used to have a Yahoo account but ditched it because there was so much spam. My general experience with Yahoo is that it is not very good.


    It was someone with a porn avatar saying hi. And it wasn't the person whom I did add to my contacts list.


    No. I didn't say anything at all.


    Unfortunately not.
    I closed it and signed out immediately after I saw it. If it will happen again, I will take a screen shot.
     
  9. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    It sounds like just a random spam bot....but others have better knowledge of this things than me.
     
  10. Sciencelovah Registered Senior Member

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    Just because someone isn't in your messenger contact list, it doesn't mean
    they can't contact you in the messenger. In fact, to send message to anyone
    who have yahoo messenger doesn't need any prior contact. I know this from
    experience. You can test this by creating new yahoo account, then send
    message from it to your own existing yahoo messenger without prior contact.
     
  11. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    There are settings to rig it to only allow chat from people in your friends list, however it's not default.
     
  12. Tnerb Banned Banned

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    True. Also, they surely had to get your account from somewhere. Either you joined some manner of chat room or they found you similar to other spam comes through yahoo although this would be news to many I feel.
     
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