Skype users are being targeted by a round of ransomware that is being sent around as a message from contacts.
A number of users of the video and online chatting service have all seen the same message, which reads “lol is this your new profile pic?” and is then followed by a link. The link downloads a zip file, which contains an executable that infects the system.
The executable opens up a Java exploit using BlackHole 2.0. The system is then locked down via the ransomware and displays a message requesting money.
“Skype takes the user experience very seriously, particularly when it comes to security,” a Skype spokesperson told The Next Web. “We are aware of this malicious activity and are working quickly to mitigate its impact. We strongly recommend upgrading to the newest Skype version and applying updated security features on your computer. Additionally, following links – even when from your contacts – that look strange or are unexpected is not advisable.”