Vishing attack on Skype pushing scareware

Vishing attack on Skype pushing scareware

Summary: Multiple users are reporting on an ongoing vishing attack at Skype, attempting to social engineer users into thinking they're infected with malware.

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Multiple users are reporting on an ongoing vishing attack at Skype, attempting to social engineer users into thinking they're infected with malware.

Here's how it works - victims typically receive a pre-recorded Skype call telling them they are infected with malware and need to visit a specific site:

Hey guys,I am working from home on my BlueCoat laptop. It has the cloud client on it. I have skype on this machine. I get a skype call from a place I didn’t recognize. I answer the call and it is a recorded message. It says I have a fatal virus that needs to be fixed. That I am on Windows7. (I am not.) The recorded message tells me to go to www.helphs.com. ... Can you find anything in our logs about what just happened? Thoughts?

The specific site in question is an online shop pushing rogue AV products and malware cleanup services.

The web sites - helphs.com mentioned in the vishing attack is currently offline.

Have you been a victim of vishing attacks? How did you respond?

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Topics: Malware, Collaboration, Security, Social Enterprise

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • Similar issue

    I received a Skype call from Computer Repair Online that I did not answer. I can only assume that it is a similar attack. I rarely use Skype so I simply wasn't going to answer a call from someone I didn't know and certainly not from someone named Computer Repair Online.
    cowboy7381
    • RE: Vishing attack on Skype pushing scareware

      @cowboy7381 I agree with you cowboy7381, it's the same as e-mail. I never open an e-mail from someone I don't know. The same applies for Skype or any of the other social networks. This will most often lead to trouble for you.
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        @txmadmansatx It's too bad that ever technology has to battle hackers and different forms of attacks. I've been a Skype user for a long time and miss the good old days before it was bought. I guess the founders and VCs need to make money and the service is still OK, but ....
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      I use a version of skype that plugs directly into a router. When I got a call, it mentioned the Windows OS, so I knew that it was garbage or spam. I was also not able to block the call for some reason. I wish someone would just create a website here and list the address of the spammers. I'm certain that things would happen if people knew who and where to go visit....
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    I use a version of skype that plugs directly into a router. When I got a call, it mentioned the Windows OS, so I knew that it was garbage or spam. I was also not able to block the call for some reason. I wish someone would just create a website here and list the address of the spammers. I'm certain that things would happen if people knew who and where to go visit....
    david@...
    • RE: Vishing attack on Skype pushing scareware

      @david@... Now, there's a great idea, David. Give me a chance to know who cost me thousands of dollars the past few years (if only one %^$#) and I'd be happy to file charges. But no one seems to be moving against the bad guys. Why is that?
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  • RE: Vishing attack on Skype pushing scareware

    This been going on for at least two years.
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