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Beware: Malware spreads via Skype IM




Despite of numerous attempts to stop it, the malicious worm is still in the wild and still affecting Skype users via the software’s Instant Messaging feature.

The worm spreads by clicking on the link on the message just like the one seen above. The link will run an executable file that installs another form of worm that renders the user’s PC more vulnerable to more attacks.

The team behind the worm then takes total control of the PC by installing another software that locks the computer with a password. The team asks for $200 in exchange of the password and threatens users to pay within 2 days or the files stored in the infected PC will be wiped out.

This malware also makes the PC redirect users to a number of sites which have .com, .pl and .kz suffix. This in turn generates revenue for the hackers via fraud clicks. According to Skype, they’re already aware of the malware and are acting vigilantly to put a stop on the virus. For now, the Microsoft-owned VOIP service strongly suggests to upgrade to the latest version of the software and applying the security features on our PC.



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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4 Responses

  1. Semidoppel says:

    This malware affected some of our office PCs, even if you remove the contact it will resend the same malware. What we do is block the contact person. Then uninstall skype from the affected PC, asked the person to create a new account (to be sure), made a thorough scan and reinstall skype.

  2. Johnny says:

    to remove the infection, go to SM with command prompt. then activate the admin account, after that go to SMWN and from there remove the infection.

  3. notme says:

    not on me linux box you won’t!

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