Malicious Links Being Spread via Skype

Date: May 19, 2010

skype.jpgHave you a personal Skype account? Do you use it to chat with your friends and colleagues? If YES, this warning is definitely for you! Security researchers from Trend Micro have recently discovered a new Skype spam campaign. How does it look like and what you should know about this attack?

First of all, potential victims receive a message from someone in the list of contacts. The message prompts its receiver to click on any of the provided links with the domain [blocked]4.171.116. Security experts have found these links to be malicious.

One of them leads to the download of a malicious file, detected by Trend Micro as WORM_PALEVO.AZA. The malware "terminates Windows Update Service and attempts to establish connections to the remote servers {BLOCKED}.97.166 and {BLOCKED}.77.59 using TCP ports 80 and 1234," Trend Micro notes.

The worm is also known to create registry entries that allow its automatic execution at every system startup. It also modifies registry keys and entries during the process of installation. WORM_PALEVO.AZA runs on on Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, and Server 2003.

Once again, stay extremely alert when browsing the web and dealing with any links not only in your inboxes but also in Skype and other messengers. Cyber criminals are doing their best to compromise as many systems as possible. Therefore, we have to do our best in order to stop them. Let‘s fight these evil hackers and save our PCs!

 

 

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