It looks like some malicious ads made their way to Skype this week. These ads push a download that is made to look like a Flash update, but instead reaches out and downloads malware, most likely ransomware. It looks like the domains used for Command and Control are currently offline, which is a good thing.
Just remember that it’s better to go to the Adobe Flash website to download updates, or even use the daily obnoxious update notifications in your taskbar, as opposed to clicking on something pushed to you through a browser.
Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, is a veteran information security professional with over 20 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for the 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere and holds CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, MCITP and ITIL v3 certifications, among others. Erich has worked with information security professionals around the world to provide the tools, training and educational opportunities to succeed in InfoSec