Skype Users: Beware of Instant Message Worm
Skype, the eBay-owned Internet telephone service, is warning users to be on guard against a new computer worm that arrives disguised as a chat invitation via Skype's built-in instant messaging feature.
The worm, which goes by the names "W32/Ramex.A," "W32/Pyskpa.D" and "W32/Skipi.A" depending on which anti-virus company you ask, is making its rounds in a Skype chat invite promising erotic pictures to recipients who click on the included link.
Clicking brings up a prompt to run or save the file. If the user accepts the file, according to Skype, it takes advantage of Skype's public application program interface (API) to access the PC. The worm then disables security software on the victim's machine, blasts a copy of itself out to everyone in the user's Skype contacts lists, and drops a program on the infected PC that steals passwords and other sensitive information.
Traditionally, instant message worms have been a threat mainly to people who chat via IM networks from Microsoft (MSN), Yahoo! and AOL (AIM). But as this and a handful of other previous Skype worms now show, Skype users need to be just as vigilant against clicking on links in messages that arrive unexpectedly.
September 11, 2007; 9:10 AM ET
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