Skype being exploited by hackers

10 October 2012

Bitterwallet Skype iPhone app bannedA 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."

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

10 comments

  • Steve
    "a botnet [security threats that spread via Facebook, Twitter and instant messengers]" - that is not anything to do with a botnet...
  • Darren
    @Steve “Before you know it, your computer has been recruited into a botnet [security threats that spread via Facebook, Twitter and instant messengers] Go back to school, it means you get recruited by fake security messages on Social sites to download software that puts you in a botnet! the []'s are explaining how, now what
  • Steve
    @Darren I would suggest that you go back to school, but since your parents apparently forgot to teach you common decency, I suspect grammer is out of the question! If it was to explain how, it wouldn't have been put in the middle of a quote, and certainly not after the word 'botnet'. The following examples would have been correct: "Before you know it, your computer has been recruited into a botnet [a collection of internet-connected computers whose security defenses have been breached and control ceded to a malicious party] ..." "Before you know it, your computer has been recruited into a botnet [by accidentally installing software which is often spread via Facebook, Twitter and instant messengers, among other methods] ..." Don't try to correct other people's English, because in all probability they are a LOT smarter than you!
  • JonB
    How is this a skype security risk? You can infect your computer in this way using any communications software - skype, IM, facebook, twitter, email, etc. It's crappy OSes that allow you to install malware that are to blame.
  • Darren
    @Steve "Don’t try to correct other people’s English" I did not, I just stated the obvious. lol @ common decency, you would know... As a wise Meerkat once said; "simples" QED and all that.
  • Steve
    @Darren - Common decency would not involve childish comments like "Go back to school" obviously trying to imply that I'm ignorant. @JonB - Correct - the security risk has NOTHING to do with Skype. But you can't blame the OS either - since there is no real way to tell if the software is malware or not, either it can let you install the software or block it. Blocking it is not an option since you need to be able to install software. If you can come up with a solution to this, you're going to be a billionaire!
  • Dick
    @Steve "I suspect grammer is out of the question!" "Don’t try to correct other people’s English, because in all probability they are a LOT smarter than you!" You mean grammar, not grammer.
  • JJ
    Bitch fight! Handbags at the ready!
  • Steve
    @Dick Well spotted! Dammit.... ;)
  • LancerVancer
    @ Darren and Steve You're both utter twats. As anyone knows Botnets are the internets for robots!! You both need to chillax wit de herb!!

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