Wired News: "
Users of America Online's popular Instant Messenger Service may actually be communicating with malicious hackers.
Hackers say it's easy to take over AIM accounts and pose as the user whose account has been commandeered, using several hacking
programs that are in wide circulation on the Internet. Accounts that have been taken over can then be used to distribute viruses by sending infested files from a "buddy."
Hackers who are familiar with the program said that hundreds of AIM accounts have been "stolen," and claim that
America Online (AOL) is aware of the problem, but has not fixed the programming error that allows the attack."