Skype threat confusion clears

by admin December 21, 2006 at 6:45 am

Skype Chat not vulnerable after all

Confusion over a security threat hitting the popular VoIP service Skype was resolved on Tuesday, with researchers re-characterising the threat as a Trojan horse rather than a worm.

Earlier this week, security firm Websense issued an advisory that a worm was using Skype Chat – the net telephone provider’s instant-messaging tool – to self-propagate. The security warning advised users to be wary of instant messages that asked for users to download and run a file, sp.exe.

But shortly after the advisory went out, confusion began to emerge as to whether the security issue was in fact a worm. Other security firms chimed in, questioning whether a worm was on the loose.

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