skype malware Skype targeted by botnet malware

Skype is being used by cybercriminals to infect computers and add them to a growing botnet, according to research by security firm Sophos.

Skype is being used by cybercriminals to infect computers and add them to a growing botnet, according to research by security firm Sophos.

 
The malware is distributed by a simple link accompanying a message seemingly sent from people on a user's friends list. The message: “lol is this your new profile pic?”
 
Sufficed to say, it's not your new profile picture, but a variant of the Dorkbot worm that plagues Facebook and Twitter. It infects PCs and allows hackers to hijack the computer to add it to a botnet or even to hold the user to ransom, since the hacker can subsequently lock users out of their own computers.
 
skype malware Skype targeted by botnet malware
 
The infection then spreads to more people by sending the same message to everyone on the newly infected user's friends list.
 
“Skype takes the user experience very seriously, particularly when it comes to security,” Skype said in a statement. “We are aware of this malicious activity and are working quickly to mitigate its impact.”
 
The typical advice for internet safety applies here as anywhere: do not open strange links, even if they appear to come from someone you know. If you are suspicious, contact the person through other means to verify if the link is genuine. It does not matter what software or service you are usingalways be cautious when clicking.
 
Source: BBC