“hahahahaha foto hxxp://random.photoalbumn.org”
Webroot researchers warn that messages like these are a part of a freshly launched malware campaign that’s using Skype to reach its targets.
Should a user make the decision to click on the spammed link, they will be prompted to download a file named “Photo9321092109313.JPG_www.facebook-com.exe,” which is obviously an executable that the cybercrooks (poorly) attempted to disguise as a harmless jpeg file. It’s no surprise that the file houses malware.
“The Photo9321092109313.JPG_www.facebook-com.exe sample has the following MD5, MD5: bc3214da5aac705c58a2173c652e031e, currently detected as Trojan.Win32.Jorik.PoisonIvy.yy, Trojan.Win32.Diple!IK by 16 out of 42 antivirus engines.” Dancho Danchev wrote on the Webroot Threat Blog, “Upon execution the binary, creates a batch script, installs a program to run automatically at logon, and creates a thread in a remote process.”
From there, the malware would open a backdoor and connect to hd.hidbiz.ru & 188.8.131.52:1986.
Keeping Your System Safe
To protect your PC from this malware attack, it’s recommended that you:
- Exercise caution when clicking links shared via Skype.
- Always run antivirus software and keep the virus definitions up-to-date.
- Set Windows (or whatever operating system you use) to display file extensions to avoid any “surprises.”
- Edit your Skype privacy settings to only allow IMs from people on your Contact list.
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