I came across an interesting article today that touches on the topic of security, so I’d thought I’d write about it briefly. Christopher Boydon over at SpywareGuide.com found a phishing utility called Apheve up for download on Cnet.com. It allows phishers to disguise the program as an instant messaging program like Yahoo IM, Skype, or Live Messenger. The unexpecting victim then goes to log into this fake program and receives an error. After the victim has left, the phisher goes back to that computer and is able to retrieve the username and password the victim attempted to login with.
What is shocking is how this program is freely available for download on Cnet.com and probably a host of other websites. Somehow this program has squeeked through the filters. It has no other purpose other than to steal passwords. The creator of the program has also posted up youtube videos with tutorials on “How to hack Msn, Skype or Yahoo with Apheve 1.1″. I think it is pretty clear about the nature of the program.
This is just one more reason why you really need to be careful about what you access if you are using an internet cafe computer or a computer other than your personal one. You can never be too safe.