Warning: Skype Worm Is Spreading Fast

by Nate Wooley | October 9, 2012 11:50 am

The popular VoIP program Skype is being used by hackers to spread a “worm” that contains a nasty Trojan horse program.

The “worm” is spreading through instant messages[1]. Users click on a message similar to this — “”lol is this your new profile pic? http://goo.gl/[BLOCKED URL]” — and files are downloaded onto the computer that can allow a remote user to take control, according to PCMag. Some users can then be infected with ransomware, in which a user is locked out of his computer and must pay a ransom to have it unlocked, or risk the hacker corrupting the computer for good.

The worm, reports BBC News[2], is a variant of an older program called “Dorkbot” which spreads through social media sites such as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB[3]) and Twitter.

Skype, which was purchased by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[4]) in 2011, said in a statement that the firm was working to mitigate the impact of the worm and that users should upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.

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Endnotes:
  1. through instant messages: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/303652-skype-worm-in-instant-message-leads-to-ransomware
  2. reports BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19886241
  3. FB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FB
  4. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  5. McAfee: Fastest Malware Growth in 4 Years: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/mcafee-fastest-malware-growth-in-4-years/
  6. Inside Identity Theft: A Look at LifeLock’s IPO: http://investorplace.com/ipo-playbook/inside-identity-theft-a-look-at-lifelocks-ipo/
  7. Alert: Microsoft Warns of IE9 Security Flaw: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/alert-microsoft-warns-of-ie9-security-flaw/

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