Skype-Windows users, beware of the new malware!!

One of the widely used free web calling service Skype is again in the hands of a new malware. This time the hackers have come up with a worm(a variant of Dorkbot) that affects Windows PC’s.

The hackers remotely gain control of the PC via the Skype API. The worm can steal people’s user names and passwords for social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, PayPal etc.

The Australian News reported that,

The vast majority of the attacks occurred in Japan (81 per cent), with the US (3.2 per cent) and Australia (2.9 per cent) next on the targeted list.

The malware is a “multi-tasking” worm virus designed to steal people’s usernames and passwords for social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and PayPal.

It can also install what is known as “ransomware” – locking people out of their machine and threatening to delete all their files unless they surrender $200 within 48 hours.

On top of all that the virus can also use people’s computers to perform DOS (denial of service) attacks on websites, as well as download further malware onto the same PC.

The malware gets installed when the user clicks on a link in an instant message seen as send by someone in the contact list,

The message reads: “lol is this your new profile pic?”

The user without doubts clicks the link thus downloading a ZIP file containing a Trojan horse malware file. If you are sure you haven’t changed your profile picture, its better you ask the friend about the IM, before clicking the link and falling into the trap. Before clicking any link from known or unknown people, it will be safe if you make sure about before just clicking. Most of the virus spreads happen due to the users clicking unknown links and downloading malicious files.

As reported in infoworld, Skype says:

“We strongly recommend upgrading to the newest Skype version and applying updated security features on your computer,” per the statement. “Additionally, following links — even when from your contacts — that look strange or are unexpected is not advisable.”

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