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Old 02-20-2009, 05:39 AM   #1
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I know a number of members use Skype to communicate. And most probably already know this info. But for the less initiated, I'd like to share this bit of info.

Whenever a program presents a warning that windows needs attention immediately, do a quick Internet search on the warning to see if it’s real. I received the following from Skype this morning, and it is a phishing expedition. Clicking on the link will cause harmful scripts to run. Oh, and several details alerted me to check the validity before doing anything

1. The status bar in Skype kindly informed me that the user had not shared his/her details with me. In other words, I did not have the phisherperson on my contacts list.

2. The affected software list includes software that I don’t own, so it could apply to anyone.

So here’s the very official looking message and link I received. Do not follow the link.



ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected

malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows Vista

Microsoft Windows XP

Microsoft Windows 2000

Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0

Microsoft Windows Win98

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /

Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below!

Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.

http://www. ?q=scan

<span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%">CREEPS!</span>
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:21 AM   #2
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Thanks. That's news to me and explains a lot.
Whenever I got a similar message I figured I was getting some kind of invasive bug of some kind and would run my antiviris programme to make sure that I was OK. Now I know why and I think that I'll keep up the practice as a safety precaution.

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Old 02-20-2009, 09:35 PM   #3
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Thanx, Donna! We haven't used Skype yet, but we can add this to our things to be alert to. Every little bit of info helps, eh? L 'n D
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