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Skype phone spam

Very interesting.

Earlier this week I signed up for Skype to better chat with the folks on the new project I'm working on. And just now my laptop burbled that I had an incoming Skype call from "Online Service". I didn't hit the -answer- button, 'cause I was still trying to figure out who "Online Service" might be when ...
my phone rang. It was "Online Service" calling. This time I did pick up, somewhat curious that the Skype laptop program and the Skype app were so closely linked. I listened to a robot voice excitedly telling me that a virus had been detected on my computer, affection (a whole bunch of Microsoft programs that I don't have) and that I needed to go to [probably bogus] website and download the patch. Yeah, I don't think so.

But it does surprise me that Skype is so open to this sort of abuse. I'm not bothered, just surprised.

Anyone else get phone spam through here?

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minnehaha
Mar. 18th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
First I've heard of it.

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