The PYKSPA is hacking accounts and calls from Skype.

The remote work has become one of the main actions in the prevention of massive infections from Coronavirus; to keep the regular activities, public and private companies from all over the world make use of distant communication tools, like the instant message services or video conference platforms, said the experts in cloud security.

This action has also generated some negative consequences, mainly related with the groups of threatening actors. A report recently published says that, one of the most active variants of malware in Europe, mainly Russia, is Pykspa, a malicious development that is deployed using the distant communication Skype.


First time detected in 2015, Pykspa have shown a new increase of their activities level during the most recent weeks due the increase of the use of Skype and other tools, The specialists in cloud security also points the increase of phishing attacks, although the main concern is this malware.


According to the report, Pykspa interacts with some elements of Skype sending a message with an attached link. If the objective user opens the link, he will be redirected to a site from where will download a malware to the compromised device. From the reported cases, the experts mentioned that, once installed, this malware can access to multiple details of the Skype accounts of the affected users, including the list of contacts.

Skype is not the unique platform of video conference affected by the increase of work from home. Since some weeks, specialists in cloud security have reported multiple errors that are present in Zoom, that have increased the number of users unusually since the beginning of the social distancing policy against the pandemic of the COVID-19.


Some days ago, it was revealed that Zoom leaked by error the names of users and email addresses of hundreds of users, which exposed their video conference sessions. Besides, it was proved that the version of Zoom for iOS devices sent confidential information to the Facebook servers without asking the approval of the users. Another serious security problem is the increase of false domains of Zoom, have presented a growing without preceding.


The International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) mentioned that, while the people must stay secluded in their houses and working distantly, this group of cyber criminals will keep being active, since they knew how to take advantage of the situation of a global crisis to obtain a good amount of economic benefits.






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