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Skype users targeted by malicious worm

Internet communication platform Skype has been targeted by hackers to share out a malicious worm, Dorkbot, which will infect Windows PCs.

The worm has been tricking the users to click on the instant message saying "lol is this your new profile pic?" and directs them to download a file that includes a Trojan horse malware.

Skype said in a statement that the firm takes the user experience very seriously, particularly when it comes to security.

"We are aware of this malicious activity and are working quickly to mitigate its impact," Skype said.

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"We strongly recommend upgrading to the newest Skype version and applying updated security features on your computer

"Additionally, following links – even when from your contacts – that look strange or are unexpected is not advisable."

The infected computers will steal log-in and password data and will be used to access several websites that include Facebook,Twitter, Google, PayPal, NetFlix and various other services.

According to reports, the malware will also broaden itself by contacting the Skype user’s contacts with the same link.

Few infections will lead to installation of a ransomware variant that locks the user out of the machine and informs them that their files have been encrypted and would be deleted except the victim gives in a $200 fine within two days.
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