Skype and Contact Request spam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

All of us are familiar with email-based spam, and more and more people are becoming used to receiving spam via social networks too, but it’s also possible to receive spam via other routes too.

For instance, you can receive spam messages that are sent to you via Skype. These can either be received in the form of an instant messaging chat session, or – as in the example below – as a bogus Contact Request from someone.

Skype spam is far from a new phenomenon – but as more and more people use the service, more folks are becoming exposed to spam sent via the platform.

In the above example, a spammer sends a message pretending to want to make contact with you – but in fact has used the opportunity to advertise their adult “dating” website.

I find it hard to believe that Skype Contact Request spam is as effective as other mechanisms of spamming. Most Skype users would likely ignore the message, and wouldn’t be likely to cut-and-paste the link into their browser – but maybe the more…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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