Researchers at a security software firm have discovered a spam campaign that targets Skype users and infects computer systems with a malware trojan. The campaign is currently affecting users in India, Japan and the Philippines, but is expected to quickly extend to other countries.
The attack sends a message to Skype users that incorporates Japanese characters and a shortened URL link. The link takes the user to a fraudulent domain to download an image file that is actually a Trojan type of malware. If the file is executed, the computer is linked to servers throughout the world, and information on the computer’s identity is recorded and sent to the hackers. The computer is now part of a network of compromised computers, likely to be used as a botnet.
This type of attack, like so many others, uses phishing by exploiting the user’s curiosity and faith in a well-known entity like Skype. Rene Millman “Trojan delivered as Skype message may sign up your computer for botnet, Malwarebytes finds,” http://www.itpro.co.uk (May 5, 2016).
Source: Hartford Help – May 25, 2016