The issue with Skype when using for the purpose of education & children in developing countries

Posted on October 24, 2012


Terrible Things Are Said About You?  I get many twitter messages (DMs) lately from people saying “Hey. This person is saying terrible stuff about you here”, “Hello… somebody is posting nasty things about you”, and “Hi. This person is saying very bad stuff about you here” or hey, did you see your picture here.

I am sure you have received it, if you on twitter and I am sure we have all gotten hoax links posted on our Face book comment thread…….. – so why do people believe that Skype is all that safe?  we still dealing with the unprotected Internet —as usual we from unless we have a darn good devices or we are truly IT geeks we can avoid many cyber malware or cyber intruder issues on our devices somehow once we click these dangerous malware links – we pretty much need to be aware that the same malware is not spitting out all our information or stealing information that is in our computer –

from and end point of view -we are truly on the mercy of IT companies to solve these issues to avoid our devices to give up on us, so I am wondering how on earth will all these children & women in developing countries deal  with these issues and educators and student who use Skype —most of the youth I work with are being alerted about the dangers all the time.

Skype targeted by ‘worm’ malware infecting Windows PCs

Microsoft acquired the Skype video chat service in 2011

Skype, the internet communications platform, is being used by hackers to distribute a “worm” that infects Windows PCs.

When users click on an instant message saying “lol is this your new profile pic?” they unwittingly download a file containing a Trojan horse malware file.

This opens a backdoor allowing hackers to hijack infected PCs and recruit them into a “botnet army”.

Users can be locked out of their machines and held to ransom.

According to internet security specialist Sophos, the worm is a variant of the well-known “Dorkbot” worm which has been spread by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

When the worm infects a computer it sends out the “lol” message to the user’s contact list.

Unsuspecting recipients think the message has originated from someone they know and click on the link, thereby downloading the malware payload.

Hijacked computers

Skype said in a statement: “Skype 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.

“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.”

Botnets are often used to mount distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks – forcing websites offline – to run spyware or to send out spam emails.

Publicity about the threat has made many users wary of clicking on strange-looking links posted via social networks, which may have prompted the perpetrators of this latest attack to switch tactics.

“The danger is, of course, that Skype users may be less in the habit of being suspicious about links sent to them than, say, Facebook users,” said Sophos’s senior technology consultant Graham Cluley   source  main story on BBC

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