Skype partner update leads to worm fears

Powered by SC Magazine
 

EasyBits raises ire.

Skype has been forced to disable a third-party "update" pushed out to users late last week after it sparked fears the popular VoIP service was propagating a worm.

Users took to Skype's forums after being prompted by the VoIP service to allow an executable file for EasyBits Games Go to run on their machines.

Several users reported that when they denied permission for the file to install, it overrode their permissions.

EasyBits was a gaming add-on that was available via Skype's Extras platform, a kind of 'app store' of third-party made add-ons for the popular internet telephony service.

A Skype spokesman said the Extras Manager platform had been included in Windows releases of Skype "since 2006".

"It has come to our attention that concerns have been expressed from Skype users over the update delivered to Skype Extras for Windows by Easybits software," a Skype spokesman said.

"This latest update from EasyBits included elements of their desktop games organiser in error, but it neither installs nor un-installs correctly.

"This update has been disabled while we work with them to correct the problems and user experience."

However, a number of forum users were unimpressed about the apparently aggressive nature of the update, with many running anti-malware scans and attempting to purge EasyBits from their systems.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Skype partner update leads to worm fears
 
 
 
Top Stories
Toll Group to go Google
Poaches Woolworths project manager.
 
How News Corp's CIO tackled skills in his race to the cloud
What to do when your team’s talents are no longer needed.
 
Photos: How Thodey transformed Telstra
From turbulent Trujillo to Australia's leading telco.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  35%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  8%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  15%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3942

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 1340

Vote