ATTACKERS USE SKYPE, OTHER IM APPS TO SPREAD LIFTOH TROJAN

SC Magazine featured the following article on June 1, 2013
Users receiving shortened URLs in Skype instant messages, or similar IM platforms, IC3should be wary of a new trojan, called Liftoh.So far, it has primarily infected users in Latin America, said Rodrigo Calvo, a researcher at Symantec.
When targeted, victims receive a message in Spanish containing a shortened URL. The messages appear as if they are coming from someone on the user’s Skype contact list who is linking to a photo.
If clicked, the link redirects users to 4shared.com, which is hosting a URL, which initiates a weaponized zip file containing Liftoh. The trojan is capable of downloading additional malware.The malicious URLs have been clicked on more than 170,000 times, according to Symantec.

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