Check Point Software said today that it can now block Skype v3.5, the latest version of the popular consumer VoIP application. This is particularly critical because a virus called w32/Ramex.A is currently spreading through Skype, the firm said.
Infected users send a chat message to other Skype users to get them to click on a web link that infects the recipient's computer. With Check Point, an IT administrator can immediately secure the corporate network against the virus by simply blocking Skype use until the virus storm has passed, or limiting use to versions not affected.
"IM, Skype and P2P applications are exciting new ways to communicate and collaborate, but enterprises must have control over anything with the potential to introduce new threats into the network," said Dave Burton, director of product marketing at Check Point.