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Next-Generation Skype Trojan Hits Web

 6:21 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

Miscreants have again adapted the Warezov Trojan horse to target Skype users, Websense Security Labs warned on Thursday.

The attack is similar to threats that target instant-messaging applications. A targeted Skype user will receive a chat message with the text "Check up this" and a link to a malicious executable called file_01.exe on a website, Websense said in an alert. If the user runs the file, several other files are downloaded and run, it said.

Once infected, a computer will be at the beck and call of the attacker and the Trojan horse will start sending messages to the victim's Skype contacts to propagate, Websense said. The attack is similar to one reported in February but it has been adapted with files hosted at different locations and a new version of the malicious code, the security company said.

Next-Generation Skype Trojan Hits Web [software.silicon.com]



 6:25 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Check up this"

It's a good thing that many of these trojan programmers are not native english speakers. "Check up this" is easier to identify as spam as "Hey man, I just saw this crazy thing, check it out!" ... or something that one teenage guy might type to another.


 7:23 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

That's part of the normal operation of the Skype API.

Install third party plug-ins at your own risk.


 9:15 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

Why "next generation"?


 10:37 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Next generation" as in, "I really could not come up with my own code, so I just modified this a bit. And my code really doesn't do anything, just grabs the address book and sends an IM with the link to the executable."

Depressing. :( Even the dark side is slacking off in serious inventive programming.


 9:24 am on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am not a miscreant!


 12:38 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Check up this" is easier to identify as spam

For native English speakers, yes. But for young Europeans chatting across national borders, Broken English is the language of choice.


 8:05 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Next generation they say - and here I was, thinking attacks like this came along about a week after IM itself! ;)


 10:09 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Good point timster. No offense intended on my part by the way.


 5:42 pm on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

Users have to careful about this.

Well it is a general knowledge that we should never ever clik on a link or download anything unknown

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