A recent report on cybersecurity from the firm specialized in the area Blockchain SlowMist confirms the existence of a fake Skype application so dangerous that it can steal user data by monitoring the equipment, in addition to stealing cryptocurrencies, hijacking accounts and redirecting funds.
The malware, once installed on the computer, focuses on the files of interest to hackers, with the aggravation that it can take screenshots and photos. This facilitates the activity of cybercriminals.
Users who are victims of this fake Skype application can lose the funds in their wallets, once those behind the imposter app steal their data. The action can be extended to crypto exchange platforms, because the malware monitors computers.
The study has revealed that the largest number of those affected are in countries with regional blocks to access applications, such as China, particularly those for cryptocurrency trading.
The specialists who carried out the study warn of the phishing threat with this fake app. However, they clarify that downloading Skype from unofficial sites is the gateway for hackers. This action, due to naivety or overconfidence, makes it easier to access the equipment.
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