Long story short, I was on my iPhone when this Skype account tried to send me a "picture" but before it could download (I saw what looked like a downloading bar) I left the message and blocked the user.

Unfortunately, I was also logged into Skype with Windows 8.1 (the crappy version that takes up the whole screen all the time) and I opened the window to log out before anything could be done.

However, I can't find the file directory that Skype saves files in (I read that it stores it in the Documents folder?) but I haven't used Skype for file transfers yet so the directory might not have been created. Or the malware deleted it to cover its tracks?

Anyway, Wireshark seems to show some packets in red that go to Amazon AWS which I hear is where a lot of hackers use to carry out their hacks.

So do you think my computer has been compromised or are there legitimate websites that use Amazon AWS IP addresses?

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Although it is certainly theoretically possible that your system could be compromised by vulnerabilities in Skype and/or Windows 8, there's no indication that your system was cracked in this case. It could have been a hacking attempt, or it could have been ordinary skype spam. I'd suggest you set Skype to prevent contacts or at least file transfers from non-contacts.

Amazon AWS is for the most part legit, a cracker would have to be pretty stupid to open an AWS account in their own name and be tracked. Besides, why pay for it when you can crack an insecure server and use it for free? AWS, like the rest of the servers out there is only as secure as the people maintaining it, if malicious traffic was coming from AWS it was most likely coming from a compromised legitimate site.

  • Ok thanks I hope you're right. I also looks like I get some IP addresses in the "destination" that go to Akamai Technologies? Anyway, can someone recommend a quick and easy tool to tell me if I've been hacked? It seems that even a software designer is having difficulty with this whole "APT detection" thing Jun 8, 2015 at 14:30
  • Are you kidding? It's called an Antivirus!
    – GdD
    Jun 8, 2015 at 14:32
  • Sorry I have a bunch of stuff on this machine it's hard to figure out where everything is coming from. If you mean "do an antivirus scan" I used Kaspersky to do a full scan and nothing came out but I'm concerned with a zero-day, not some mass-produced malware because I just talked to this sketchy dude that has enough money to pay for hacking services Jun 8, 2015 at 14:58
  • *who also seemed interested in my stuff Jun 8, 2015 at 15:20
  • There's nothing out there that could scan your system for APTs with any level of confidence. If you have any reason to believe you've been successfully hacked all you can really do is re-build your system. It sounds pretty unlikely though.
    – GdD
    Jun 8, 2015 at 15:23

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