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Government sets up anti-spam advisory for Skype users in India

The Indian government has set up an advisory
for Skype users in the country who have been subject to a malicious spam
campaign targeting Skype users by sending instant message which appears to come
from friends in the Skype contact list. Skype has been affected by spam in
India, and users in the country are being asked to exercise caution.

The Indian government has set up an advisory
for Skype users in the country who have been subject to a malicious spam
campaign targeting Skype users by sending instant message which appears to come
from friends in the Skype contact list. Skype has been affected by spam in
India, and users in the country are being asked to exercise caution.

“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.

Cyber security experts have suggested a
number of counter-measures to tackle the malicious spam. The experts have
suggested users not to “follow unsolicited web links or attachments in
Skype messages and install latest security updates to Skype.”

As a measure of caution, the advisory adds that
users should download the latest version of Skype from trusted sources. To
secure themselves further, users should install and maintain updated anti-virus
software on gateways and desktops. The advisory stresses on the need to
maintain caution when opening attachments, accepting file transfers, clicking
links to web pages. Disabling the auto play feature altogether is a safe
practice. Users should be careful to ward off social engineering attacks.

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