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Skype phishing installs spyware*

Folks, after a quiet period, cyber-criminals are once again using Skype to send phishing “chats” in an attempt to defraud you. So, I am reposting this article…
Yesterday a “chat” window (Skype) opened on my machine, and presented me with a dire warning from someone named “Software Update”. It said that “WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION” and, it provided me with a solution.
SkypePhish
(Click on image to see large version)

Please, folks, tell me you have spotted this for what it is.

Please tell me that you knew –instantly– that this is a cybercrime attempt.. that it is Phraud-ulent.

Please tell me that you know what will happen if the link provided in this message is clicked; and, please, please, please tell me you would never click the link.

Just in case you aren’t sure…
* “Software Update” doesn’t exist.
* “www.onlinemonitor.info” is not registered in ARIN (the registry of Internet addresses)
* clicking the link will allow scripts to run and/or take you to a poisoned Website which will install malware on your machine.. or/and, it may take you to a site that will sell you a rogue antispyware program (please read my article, Is that antispyware program really spyware).. all of this so that the hacker can take control of your machine.
* Microsoft DOES NOT alert you via Instant Messaging. No legitimate company does.

This is a classic example of a hacker’s attempt to get you to click their link. Please point your less-savvy friends and family to this article and educate them to the dangers of spam (unsolicited) messages and tell them–
NEVER CLICK THE LINK.
[Note: while this article directly referrence the VoIP client Skype, you may see this type of thing in other Instant Messaging/Chat programs.]

[addenda: Peter Parkes (Skype Blogger) wrote and asked me to remind my readers to, quote, “Please report users who send these messages to abuse@skype.net – that will help us to block them where appropriate.”]

Today’s free link(s): I have assembled on my Website a collection of links to the best free anti-malware programs to help you prevent infection.. and clean up if you’ve been infected. To see them, click here. Also, Bill Mullins has posted a very complete tutorial, Think You Have A Virus?– Some Solutions, which is quite probably the best one-stop lesson on malware I have ever run across. (I also recommend his How Fake/Rogue Software Affects Real People.)

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July 31, 2008 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet scam, PC, Phishing, phraud, security, tech, VoIP | , , , , , ,

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  1. […] carterlibrary wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptFolks, after a quiet period, cyber-criminals are once again using Skype to send phishing “chats” in an attempt to defraud you. So, I am reposting this article… Yesterday a “chat” window (Skype) opened on my machine, and presented me with a dire warning from someone named “Software Update”. It said that “WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION” and, it provided me with a solution. […]

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  2. So I went to the site by pasting the link and then knew it was a scam. i exited the page but is it too late now? if so, how do i remove the malware?

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    Comment by D L | October 18, 2009 | Reply

    • D L,
      Hopefully, the antivirus programs you already have installed will have prevented an infection (and if you did not “click for the free scan”, that will have helped!)

      I have posted tips for malware removal.. such as this article, How To Cure A Malware Infection – 3 Easy Methods, but always caution folks that malware cleanup is not really a task for amatures.

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      Comment by techpaul | October 18, 2009 | Reply


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