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Skype worm a bit overrated?

Posted on Wednesday, December 20 2006 @ 13:23:10 CET by

Yesterday there was some panic over new malware spreading over the Skype VoIP network but security analysts say it's overrated and that the threat is actually low:
Warnings late Monday and very early Tuesday claimed that a worm was propagating across Skype -- one of the most popular voice-over-Internet protocol applications -- and infecting systems with a password-stealing Trojan horse. Tuesday, for example, Symantec issued an alert to customers of its DeepSight threat management service that a worm it dubbed "Chatosky" was spreading in the Asia Pacific region, including South Korea.

"The code isn't a worm," says Dan Hubbard, VP of research at San Diego-based security vendor Websense. "It relies on the end user to acknowledge a binary through the API, which is normal behavior in Skype." In addition, the threat does not make copies of itself.

"It's not exploiting a vulnerability," adds Hubbard.



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