Fox Business News reported that Skype’s social media sites were hacked by a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).
Threats to Skype security safety are important because Skype is the world’s favorite text, voice and video chat system. This means that millions of users personal information and devices are at risk if you fail to take the right precautions.
Skype uses a technology called voice over internet protocol (VOIP). Skype is an app that runs on many different devices and operating systems, including MAC, Windows PCs, tablets and smartphones like your Android or iPhone.
In this attack the SEA group posted anti-surveillance messages, including a message telling people not to use email services of Microsoft (the owner of Skype). The hack comes after recent revelations about surveillance programs being run by US intelligence agencies.
The SEA group hacked into both Skype’s Twitter account and Skype’s blog and posted:
“Don’t use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook). They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.”
By the way, the posts have since been removed, so you won’t be able to find them if you look now. The SEA has also targeted various other media companies, including the BBC, CNN and the Guardian newspaper.
Skype acknowledged that it had been hacked but claims that “no user information was compromised”. Yet if Microsoft is not able to keep it’s blog and Twitter accounts secure, is it unreasonable to be concerned about how secure their Skype app software is?
What the news media has not been emphasizing much in its recent reporting though, is a number of malware (malicious software) attacks that have been making the rounds targeting Skype users. In recent years hackers have discovered ways to use Skype as a “backdoor” to download spyware and malware onto any device it runs on. Watch through this entire short video – as it identifies some of the latest attacks.
Some of these attacks can be prevented, but only if you understand what to look for and what to do to avoid getting hit!
There’s a famous old saying, “The best defense is a great offense”. In this case knowledge is power, but it’s not enough that only you know about it. Share this video with your friends because if any of them make the mistakes described in this video, your devices will likely
get infected too!
The Snapchat data breach is of grave concern because 4.6 million personal usernames and phone numbers from people’s Find Friends lists were published as a downloadable database!
This is information that professional criminals and hackers will be using to send you or your children “phishing” emails to try to get more personal data – at the very least a nuisance filling up your email inbox (for possibly
months or years from now). Snapchat is a popular app for quickly sending photos to your friends & family.
Of deeper concern is that data like phone numbers could be combined with other sources to potentially commit identity theft.
Remember Target’s security breach that went on from November 27 – December 15, 2013 before they revealed it had happened?
What can you do?
In addition to the steps outlined at the end of the video, check out our blog post at
for more of the backstory and steps you can do to protect yourself and your family.
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