Skype users targeted by malicious worm that locks them out of their PCs

Tagged: Fraud, hackers, Personal Computer, Skype, Virus, Software, Computer Hardware, Technology
Source: Ars Technica - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 1 week ago

"Security researchers have detected a new malware campaign that attempts to infect Skype users by sending them booby-trapped links from contacts in their address book.

The social-engineering ploy, which was first reported on Friday by GFI Labs, attempts to install a variant of the Dorkbot worm that previously menaced users of Twitter and Facebook. Once installed, it uses its host computer to engage in click fraud, Trend Micro researcher Rik Ferguson reported later. It eventually installs software that locks the user out of the machine and displays screens saying their data will be deleted unless a $200 "fine" is paid in the next 48 hours..."