Last Sunday my Skype got hacked. All my contacts got messaged some CPA offer. What bugged me the most is that it was a strong password, not used anywhere else, and not the same as my Microsoft account.
The link they send out was crafty… disguised by a google search ( https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&url=%68%74%74%70%3A%2F%2F%61%62%61%74%61%70%6B%61%2E%72%75&usg=AFQjCNFXqWJuZRIF6e3GNtBwcg9YQEessA&firer#62174)
I have 1600 contacts… so.. good times.
It sucks obviously when this happens but whats worst (for me) is the aftermath.
Here is the best way to clean it up.
Immediately change your password.
Log into the Skype web account and check to see if there are any other emails that have access added to the account that are not yous:
Something of note – there is no place that says “Delete this email”. Just edit it and blank it out then click save and it will be gone.
Change your status on Skype to Don’t click the link I got hacked, post on all your social media accounts you are aware you got hacked on skype if people got a weird message. Hopefully this will limit the amount of people that will contact you to let you know.
Now this happens to a lot of people all the time obviously. I have always dismissed it as “Ya dummies don’t use strong passwords”.
I HATE unsolved mysteries … But its not like I can get ip logs from Skype or anything and not that it would help.
It’s just so weird how it could happen. I use VPN’s on everything and two factor on anything that allows it.
Another thing you can do is type /showplaces in any window and it will show you the devices you have logged in from. This didn’t help me as they were all my devices but maybe it will help you:
Now to limit this you can also merge your skype account with your Microsoft account here: https://account.microsoft.com/
Then you can enable 2 factor authentication. Its a pain in the ass but it will be much more secure.
Welp.. Time to sort through the Facebook, Text, Twitter, Linked in, and emails letting me know I got hacked….
Well played whoever figured this out.