Chat worm warning for Skype users

17 April 2007

A new instant-messaging pest that spreads using the chat feature in
Skype has surfaced, according to a warning by security company F-Secure.

worm, dubbed Pykse.A, is similar to threats that affect IM
applications. A targeted Skype user will receive a chat message with
text and a web link that looks like it goes to a Jpeg file on a
website, F-Secure said on its website.

Clicking the link will
redirect the user to a malicious file. After executing, the file will
send a malicious link to all online contacts in a Skype user's list and
will show a picture of a scantily clad woman, F-Secure said. In
addition, it sets the user's Skype status message to "Do Not Disturb",
the company said.

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