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Skype Trojan steals CPU power

Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a new Trojan which will be spread quickly via Skype. Users might easily fall prey to such cybercriminals when a malicious link comes from a friend via Skype.

The infection starts with a message from a friend, saying something like “Your photo isn’t really that great” or “i don’t think i will ever sleep again after seeing this photo” – virus varies the message. A provocative text is accompanied by a link that looks like http://goo.gl/XXX image=imgXXX.jpg or  http://bit.ly/XXXX.

If the link is clicked, users will be led to a website, which then downloads multiple malicious modules to the PC instead of showing any pictures. The malware steals password and tries to use installed Skype to send malicious links to the unsuspecting victim’s friends. According to the stats of the bit.ly and goo.gl URL shorteners, these malicious links receive about 12,000 clicks per hour!

Most victims come from Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Costa Rica, China and Bulgaria. Users should be cautious to avoid such cybercriminals. Please verify with your friends if you receive any suspicious links from them.

One of the Trojan variations also installs a Bitcoin generator on the victim’s computer. Bitcoin is a cryptography-based digital currency, which could be produced by anyone using a lot of computing power.  If your PC unexpectedly slowed down recently and you see some processes taking 90+ percent of CPU in the Task manager, it’s time to check your PC with a robust antivirus.
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http://blog.kaspersky.com/skype-trojan-steals-cpu-power/

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