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Malware hits Skype users in India

he Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, Skype has been affected by spam in India, and users in the country are being asked to exercise caution. The government has issued an advisory informing Skype users of the malicious spam campaign. 

"A malicious spam campaign is on the rise targeting Skype users by sending instant message which appears to come from friends in the Skype contact list," the advisory reads. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the Communications and Information Technology ministry shared that the malware was adept at gaining control of the victim's machine by opening a backdoor and communicating to a remote http server. 

Experts have advised to download the latest version of the Skype from the trusted markets. Also, to install and maintain updated anti-virus software at gateway and desktop level. Experts have advised user to be cautious while opening attachments and accepting file transfers and to disable auto play feature. 

Source: TimesofIndia

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