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Author Topic: Malware Tricks: Skype Edition  (Read 3369 times)

Deozaan

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Malware Tricks: Skype Edition
« on: October 13, 2008, 02:18:04 PM »
I just got an IM on Skype from some random user trying to sound like an official service by being named Online Monitor ®:

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[1:01:12 PM] Online Monitor ® says: WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
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ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected
malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
Microsoft Windows Win98
Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /
Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair
utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !
Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.

[link removed]

I don't know how common things like this are on other IM clients (since I only use Gtalk) but I thought people should be made aware. I also took this opportunity to educate my wife about things like this to make sure she doesn't unwittingly click the link.

More info about this particular occurrence here: Skype Security Blog

Note that the link in my scam was different than the one posted on the Security Blog.


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Re: Malware Tricks: Skype Edition
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 02:22:09 PM »
Wouldn't that be amusing if you were running it under WINE or something?

"Good to know. I'm not running Windows."

That would be just absolutely hilarious for me. ;D

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Re: Malware Tricks: Skype Edition
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008, 02:22:56 PM »
Skype lets non-contacts IM you? Wonderful :o :o :o
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Re: Malware Tricks: Skype Edition
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2008, 02:25:54 PM »
Skype lets non-contacts IM you? Wonderful :o :o :o

That would be a bit of a PITA getting a new contact ... you would have to meet (game, chat room, forum, etc), exchange your info, then add them to your list. If one person gets it [info] wrong, neither can re-communicate (unless they find each other again).

There should be an option to disable non-contacts IMing you before you've approved them though. Kind of like how MSN works.

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Re: Malware Tricks: Skype Edition
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2008, 02:27:06 PM »
Skype lets non-contacts IM you? Wonderful :o :o :o

You can disable non-contacts from contacting you. I just haven't done that.