10 Oct 2012
Online communications platform Skype has been infiltrated by hackers distributing a Trojan horse malware file infecting Windows PCs.
Users receive an instant message from Skype saying 'lol is this your new profile pic'? Upon opening the message the file is downloaded, allowing hackers to hijack the PC and recruit it into a 'botnet army'. The user is then locked out of their machine.
Internet security specialist Sophos has identified the worm as a strain of the 'Dorkbot' worm spread via social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.
Skype said:"Skype takes the user experience very seriously, particularly when it comes to security. We are aware of this malicious activity and are working quickly to mitigate its impact.
"We strongly recommend upgrading to the newest Skype version and applying updated security features on your computer.
"Additionally, following links - even when from your contacts - that look strange or are unexpected is not advisable."
Publicity about the threat has made many users aware of the dangers of clicking on unfamiliar links shared via social networks, which may have prompted the hackers to change their approach.
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