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[News] Another Skype Worm Targets Windows Users

Warezov worm fiends target Skype

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| Instead of arriving via an email attachment, the latest variant of
| the worm spreads using a bogus Skype chat message asking users to
| click on a link, which points to a hacker-controlled website
| hosting malicious codes.


Surely, Linux users needn't fear just visiting Web sites, unless phishing
that's motored by Windows zombie spewage is part of the process.


Websense: Skype worm on the loose

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| Early reports indicate that the worm sends messages via Skype Chat,
| an instant-messenging tool. The messages ask recipients to download
| and run a file called sp.exe.
| Once the file is executed, it installs spyware that can steal
| passwords and other personal information. It also connects to
| a remote server to download additional code. 


Skype Reads Your BIOS and Motherboard Serial Number

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| An unreadable executable file coming from Skype sounds interesting,
| so I look at it. It's 46 bytes long. For copyright reasons I can't
| post the file or a complete disassembly. However, I can describe
| the program in terms of 16-bit DOS C:
| int main(void)
| {
| fwrite((const void far*) 0xF0000000, 1, 0xFFFF, stdout);
| fwrite((const void far*) 0xF000FFFF, 1, 1, stdout);
| return 0;
| }
| It's dumping your system BIOS, which usually includes your
| motherboard's serial number, and pipes it to the Skype application.
| I have no idea what they're using it for, or whether they send
| anything to their servers, but I bet whatever they?re doing is no
| good given their track record.


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