Skype virus continues to terrorize users

A malicious campaign has never hit so close to home. Skype virus continues to spread and terrorize users, and recently even one of your team members got infected with it! What’s more, there is no silver lining to this situation: you will get infected with this annoying threat even if you do not click a random link you get from one of your Skype contacts! Of course, it is not possible to get infected if you do not use Skype in the first place, but there are quite a few users who suffer from this intruder, and in this article here we are going to discuss it in greater detail.

When did Skype virus appear?

Computer security experts report that this infection was first sighted on October 28th, 2016. It is not the first time a Baidu Link virus affected Skype users around the globe. There have been similar infections before, but this one is quite different. Normally, we have to deal with infections that affect mostly the machines that run on the Windows operating system. Skype virus, on the other hand, can affect iOS and Android devices, too. Hence, it means that whoever is behind this scam, they are targeting a far wider audience.

What’s more, no one has managed to identify the people behind this scam, although seeing how these messages come with the link to Baidu, we COULD assume that the Chinese hackers are involved. As you know, Baidu is one of the biggest web service companies in China. If Chinese hackers are not the ones responsible for this security threat, then someone is clearly making use of the well-known trade mark to confuse their victims.

How does Skype virus work?

We already mentioned in the first paragraph that you do not need to click the link to get infected. That is probably the biggest difference between this scam and the previously released infections that used instant messaging platforms to spread around. Researchers suggest that users allow this program on their system just by viewing the message. It is very likely that by opening the chat window that displays this link, you allow the malicious code into your own Skype account, and thus your account automatically may start sending out its own Baidu links to everyone on your contact list.

It is also important to point out that while this infection is called “virus” by the general public, it is not a genuine computer virus. Why? Because regular antispyware and antimalware tools do not detect any malicious files on the affected system. According to researchers, Skype virus could support the hypothesis that there are security holes in operating systems that can be easily exploited by cyber criminals. Therefore, we can make an assumption that whoever is spreading Skype virus, they are using this glitch (for the lack of a better word) to find out just how vulnerable operating systems are. It could also be possible that in the near future, the data collected by this intruder will be used in other cyber attacks.

What’s more, this infection is very resilient because you do not need to be online for your account to send out infected messages. In other words, once your account has been compromised, Skype virus takes over completely.

How to avoid Skype virus?

We cannot emphasize enough just how important it is to regularly change your messaging platform’s password. The same applies to all the other passwords you use across the web, and some services require you to change your password regularly.

Please note that deleting your Skype account and creating a new one does not guarantee that you will not be affected by Skype virus again. In fact, changing your password is probably the most reliable way to protect yourself from this intruder at this point, as Microsoft and computer security companies are working around the clock to pin down and erase this issue. Therefore, until the situation gets under control, users have to exercise caution whenever they use the instant messaging platform.

Since this security issue is basically associated with Skype, we do not expect Skype virus to affect your default browser. However, just to be sure, you should consider checking your browser’s settings or running a full system scan with a powerful security tool. If no malicious files are found, then the chances are your case of Skype virus is still primarily Skype-bound. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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