Skype users are warned not to click on an instant message were “lol is this your new profile pic?” is being stated.
According to reports, this Skype message followed by a link spreads a worm that allows those responsible to take control of the computer of the once who clicked it. Once they have access to your computer, its contents, including files and other related material, can be held in ransom.
The attack starts when you click on the link as this will start to download a ZIP file to your computer. Once it is in your system, the .exe file installs a variant of the Darkbot worm that creates a backdoor.
This said backdoor enables the attacker to take control of your computer and install the ransomware. The latter locks the infected computer and demands a payment in exchange for your files and whatnot.
According to a statement by Skype, “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.”
Malware developers and hackers have targeted Android users as their new victims. With the influx of smartphones in the market, and Google’s Android being one of the popular operating systems, these scums have set their sights to unsuspecting victims.
But in Japan, 6 individuals who were found to be creating and distributing a malicious app via porn sites have been arrested by authorities.
The app which disguises itself as an adult video player for Android smartphones infects the device that charges a fee when using it.
The Android users that fell victim to the scam have reported that they have been receiving notices every five minutes demanding for them to pay. The notification read: “Please pay the fees as soon as possible. You need to confirm the unpaid amount. It totals 99,800 yen.”
The six who were caught had reportedly earned 20 million Yen from their scamming. About 9,252 individuals have downloaded the app. At least 211 individuals have reportedly paid for the services and fell victim.
Graham Cluley of Sophos said, “This type of attack is very similar to the Ransomware malware that we have seen on Windows PCs in the past. They prevent you from accessing your files or system, and can threaten to expose embarrassing information about you.”