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Skype malware spreading quickly

1:54 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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A type of malware called Dorkbot is duping Skype users into clicking on a link, which directs them to download a file which includes the malware, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

The worm asks users of the video-calling service, "lol is this your new profile pic?" in both English and German.

Once users click on the link, infected computers steal log-in and password information and use it to access various websites, the Times reports. The malware also further spreads itself by contacting the Skype user's contacts with the same "profile pic" message, according to the Times.

The Dorkbot variants will steal user information for Facebook, Twitter, Google, PayPal, NetFlix and other services, according to the Trend Micro website.

Skype confirmed the Dorkbot and asked users to make sure they update their software to make sure they have the latest security features, the Times reports.

"We are aware of this malicious activity and are working quickly to mitigate its impact," a Skype spokeswoman told the Times.

Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY

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