Skype used to spread malicious trojan

If your company uses Skype regularly you may want to take the opportunity to update your vulnerability management processes, as the application is being used to spread a new trojan.

According to an SC Magazine article published May 27, skype users in Latin America have been infected with a new trojan called Liftoh.

Targeted victims are receiving instant messages on Skype containing a shortened URL, which appears to be from a Skype contact.

The link is made to look as if it will direct the user to a photo, but if clicked, the link instead redirects the victim to a site called, which hosts a URL that initiates a "weaponised zip file".

This file contains the Liftoh trojan, which has the ability to download further malware. Symantec says the false URL messages have already been clicked on over 170,000 times.

When it comes to your organisation's cybersecurity, it pays to be as vigilant as possible, especially when legitimate applications are being utilised to target victims.

A breach of your company's ICT networks can have disastrous consequences for not only your own organisation, but also your customers.

By undertaking a thorough security audit, you can find and resolve any flaws in the security of your ICT networks before they can be exploited by cyber criminals.

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