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skype friend (who uses skype on computer. Maybe uses skype on android) is sending
click-here-on-this-link.com/my-skype-username

What do I tell my skype friend?
change your password?
what if password is already changed and skype friend can not get inside account.

This type of attack is common with microsoft acquisitions skype/hotmail
Where attacker sends a message to all contact list.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Most Microsoft password arrangements have a hint to recall the password. Make sure the hint is meaningful to your friend.

Then suggest they change the password. This should work, but it not, change back.
Last Knight
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Hi rgb192,

What do I tell my skype friend?
Tell your friend his account has been hacked or his machine has been infected. Tell him to run a full scan of his devices using Antivirus (https://www.eset.com/us/home/online-scanner/) and Antimalware (www.malwarebytes.com)

change your password?
Have your friend reset his password. Provided that it is a machine infection, their email address associated may not have been changed. Once they are able to change their password (https://a.login.skype.com/diagnostics) have them enable 2FA: https://www.turnon2fa.com/tutorials/how-to-turn-on-2fa-for-skype/. Send them this link as well to better secure their account: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34649/protecting-your-online-safety-security-and-privacy

what if password is already changed and skype friend can not get inside account.
Again, initiate a reset password and see above.

This type of attack is common with microsoft acquisitions skype/hotmail
Where attacker sends a message to all contact list.
Yes, this explains the type of attack: https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2015/09/steer-clear-of-this-skype-spam/

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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friend changed their password

I am not sure if friend has a bad password as a new password that can be easily guessed

If machine is infected; then attacker does not need password because attacker has access to machine?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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If their machine was badly infected, then the only practical relief is to backup, format, and reinstall Windows. You should apprise them of this possibility and wait a bit to see if the problem recurs.

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best solution had detailed information about skype attack. Thanks both
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help
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Glad I could help...thanks for the points!

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