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Research|An avalanche in Skype

Dmitry Bestuzhev
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted April 04, 14:40  GMT
Tags: Botnets, Social Engineering, Skype

There is a new malicious ongoing campaign on Skype. It’s active and kicking yet.

The infection vector is via social engineering abusing infected Skype by sending massive messages to the contacts like these ones:

i don't think i will ever sleep again after seeing this photo http://www.goo.gl/XXXXX?image=IMG0540250-JPG
tell me what you think of this picture i edited http://www.goo.gl/XXXXX?image=IMG0540250-JPG

Goo.gl short URL service shows that at the moment there are more than 170k clicks on the malicious URL and only 1 hour ago there were around 160k clicks. It means the campaign is quite active with around 10k clicks per hour or with 2.7 clicks per second!

The most of victims come from Russia and Ukraine:

Events|Skypemageddon by bitcoining

Dmitry Bestuzhev
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted April 04, 08:45  GMT
Tags: Botnets, Social Engineering, Skype

Is it a Skype day? Or maybe a Bitcoin one? Or maybe just both?

I say this because right after I published my previous post about malware ongoing campaign on Skype, a mate from Venezuela sent me a screenshot of her Skype client with a similar campaign in terms or propagation but different in origins and purposes. Here is the original screenshot:

(Translation from Spanish: “this is my favorite picture of you”)

Incidents|New Skype vulnerability allows hijacking of your account

Costin Raiu
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted November 14, 10:33  GMT
Tags: Microsoft, Skype

Last night, reports have appeared on several Russian forums regarding a Skype account hijacking exploit. The information has been made available on several Russian blogs and is now actively exploited in the wild.


Many things have been told already about the latest Skype malware spread via instant messages. However I just wanted to add something not mentioned yet. The first thing is about when the attack was launched first. According to Google Short URL service it first surfaced on Oct 6th :


BARCELONA -- The annual Virus Bulletin conference kicks off here tomorrow with anti-malware researchers discussing a wide range of important issues facing the industry.

Researchers from Kaspersky Lab will have a major presence at the conference this year -- nine speaker slots! -- with talks on the cyber-crime underground, mobile (Android) malware, web application security and social network threats.

I'd like to call attention to a few of the important Kaspersky Lab presentations: