A new worm and a phishing scam are targeting instant messaging users with themes linked to the new Star Wars film.
The attacks are aimed at instant messaging users with AOL and Yahoo accounts, according to reports by internet security researcher IMLogic.
In the case of the worm aimed at AOL accounts, users are sent a message containing a reference to the Star Wars film and a hyperlink, which, when clicked, downloads a worm onto the PC.
The worm then spreads by e-mailing itself to people and organisations in the infected PC user's address book. IMLogic said the code the worm was created from could also be used to remotely control the infected machine.
The Yahoo IM phishing scam also sees users being tempted with a message and hyperlink apparently linked to the Star Wars film. Clicking on the hyperlink takes users to a fake Yahoo page which asks them to enter their Yahoo log-in details.
If entered, these details are apparently forwarded to a separate MSN Hotmail address, presumably created by the phishers to engage in online fraud.
Once inside an e-mail account the phishers can search for online banking details and other sensitive information, and also use the account to order goods.