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Scam calls made via Skype are decreasing, says Microsoft

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The number of sham calls on Skype are decreasing, according to Skype owner Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). The company has long been battling hackers who are exploiting the service to trick Skype users into visiting malicious websites. At the heart of the scam is the default ability of Skype users to receive unsolicited calls from other Skype users.

Hackers have apparently hooked up automated systems to make free calls, which come complete with a computer-generated voice that instructs victims to visit a specific site. Needless to say, these sites are typically just setup to scam, and often peddle bogus security software.

Scammers have previously abused Skype's instant messenger to send malicious links, though the problem could be fixed when the default instant messenger settings were changed to block unsolicited messages.

As reported by PCWorld, detecting the scammers can be challenging given the 47 million users that may be logged into Skype at any time. Additionally, no one knows how the automated voice calls were being setup.

"It's technically complex and actually expensive for these people," said Adrian Asher, Skype's chief security officer, to PCWorld. "My belief is they can't be making money off of this." Security measures are in place though, and the company says it is hoping to decrease the time it takes to deactivate suspect accounts from the current "tens of seconds" to just a single second.

For more:
- check out this article at PCWorld

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