Skype users hit by ransomware through in-app malicious ads

    Skype users hit by ransomware through in-app malicious ads

    Skype users hit by ransomware through in-app malicious ads

    Posted: 01 Apr 2017

    Several users have complained that ads served through Microsoft's Skype app are serving malicious downloads, which if opened, can trigger ransomware.

    News of the issue came from a Reddit thread on Wednesday, in which the original poster said that Skype's home screen -- the first screen that shows up on consumer versions of the software -- was pushing a fake, malicious ad, purporting to be a critical update for the Flash web plug-in.

    According to the thread, the ad triggered a download of an HTML application, designed to look like a legitimate app. The app, when opened, would download a malicious payload, which locks the user's computer and encrypts its files for ransom.

    Many other users in the past few days have also complained of similar issues with Skype's in-app ads, with at least two other people having the same "fake Flash" ad into Thursday.

    Knowing it was malicious, the user didn't run the app but instead deconstructed and posted the code...

    Read more: Skype users hit by ransomware through in-app malicious ads | ZDNet
    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    01 Apr 2017

  1. Posts : 26,400
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu

    I have never, ever seen an ad in Skype Desktop or the UWP app.
      My Computers

  2. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I used to get ads on desktop Skype, but never have on UWP version (which I use all the time now).
      My Computers

  3. Posts : 366
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I use a UWP app called One Messenger. I paid the $1.99 or whatever it was to remove the adds. It supports Skype, Facebook Messenger and a few others. Plus it has a dark theme which I love.
      My Computers

  4. Posts : 589

    You can easily disable skype ads..easy, you just have to add to restricted sites in internet options and you wont get anymore ads.also you might have to fiddle around in the xml settings document to remove the <advert Placeholder> tag from it and make it read only so it cannot change after an update.. and good to go. no more ads place taken up by ads.
      My Computer

  5. Posts : 139

    In my case I had to add it to the hosts file to get the ads to stop
      My Computer


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