Malware Warning for Skype Users
More than 300,000 internet users have been affected by malware that has been spreading mainly through Latin and Central America via the popular voice chat program Skype.
The malware is known as Win32 \ Kryptik.BBKB and has a propagation speed that has been listed as “above average” by the computer security company ESET. The company said the threat is spread via Skype by the use of malicious links, formatted using Google link shortener goo.gl. Skype users are invited to to view photos that are hosted on a file-sharing site.
The link to view the images is accompanied by a few sentences like, “ ”Hello, are these really your photos?”, “This is a very nice picture of you,” and “haha, this strange photo to your profile “. Very similar to the malware messages that continue to spread across the popular messaging service Twitter.
Cyber security experts believe this latest incarnation began circulating in March of this year and has also spread variants to Gtalk and other Google services.
ESET believe that 300,000 people have clicked on the malicious links so far of which they believe 80,000 to be in Latin America where the malware was first detected.
This is not the first time that Skype has had major security issues. Last week cyber criminals launched a malware attack using Skype, offering people free Skype Premium.