Proof Of Concept Skype Wiretapping Malware Released

from the not-so-secret-any-more dept

One of the benefits of Skype was that, due to the way it works (P2P, encrypted communications), it made it much more difficult to do any sort of wiretap. This has upset various governments who are used to having the ability to wiretap any voice communications. However, it’s never impossible. The most obvious way is to simply create some sort of trojan that gets installed on one user’s computer that has audio recording abilities — and Symantec is going around hyping up the fact that source code for just such a trojan has been released. Of course, even Symantec admits that there’s no evidence of the code actually being used in the wild — it seems more like a proof-of-concept. On top of that, it’s hardly a new idea. Nearly a year ago, we talked about how German authorities were accused of using something that sounded quite similar. Still, it is a good reminder that even if you’re using an encrypted Skype call, at either end of that call, the audio is decrypted, and a well-placed recording system can capture it.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Proof of two concepts

LiveCD is a great idea. Heck Skype will even run off a flash drive. It’s a great little program.

The proof of concept is that it can be done. The second concept proven I think is that it WILL be done. Just as nothing is foolproof to the adequately equipped fool, anything available to the public WILL be hacked, it’s just a matter of time.

This particular hack kinda makes me chuckle, though, at the simplicity. I feel like Brain laughing at Pinky’s scheme and saying “That’s the stupidest idea in the world!”

Malware Removal Bot (user link) says:

As most readers will already know, a new 0-day vulnerability in MS Video ActiveX Control is currently being exploited in the wild. Lots of research material has already been published covering different aspects of this vulnerability and the attack vector. I have nothing more to add on this front. I would rather focus on explaining the details of the malware behind the scenes.

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