Skype being exploited by hackers
A malicious 'worm' that infects computers and locking users out of their machines is being spread via Skype.
Most of you will be smart enough to sidestep it, but for thickos out there, the threat comes in the form of an instant message saying: "lol is this your new profile pic?"
If you click the link in the message, you'll download a Trojan horse malware file which allows a hacker to control your now infected PC.
"Before you know it, your computer has been recruited into a botnet [security threats that spread via Facebook, Twitter and instant messengers] and could fall victim to a ransomware attack," says a spokesperson for internet security specialist, Sophos.
Skype said in a statement: "Skype takes the user experience very seriously, particularly when it comes to security. We are aware of this malicious activity and are working quickly to mitigate its impact. We strongly recommend upgrading to the newest Skype version and applying updated security features on your computer. Additionally, following links - even when from your contacts - that look strange or are unexpected is not advisable."