The source code for a Windows Trojan capable of recording Skype calls as MP3 files has been released in a move that spells bad news for VoIP confidentiality. Swiss software developer Ruben Unteregger published the source code for a package capable of eavesdropping on encrypted Skype VoIP conversations on his website Megapanzer. …
One problem here - Computrace Anti-theft bios rootkit is white-listed by AV companies, and has been so for a few years till now. Sony's XCP was white-listed as well until Mark Russinovich made a lot of fuss on his blog. If corporations can get whatever they want to be not detected by AV, then surely a government can do as well. And more effectively.
Oh, for a moment there I thought I was reading the comments not the article.
I blame windoze
No rootkits or hidden files should be allowed on the system...ever. Same way with multiple-install programs....program A slides in program B and C....craptastic.
It's interesting that the aim is to tap at the end points of a conversation. It appears Skype traffic in transit is safe, or that's what they want us to believe..
Speaking of Bavarias extra territorial spying, what ever happened to Belgiums extra territorial data grab*?
The one where they were trying to grab US* citizens data from Yahoo without US warrant.
But it still has to get installed
Assuming most terrorist don't click on too many porn links, drug dealers don't click on viagra.exe attachments an international crime bosses aren't taken in by 19 scamers this is really non-news.
If I can get you to install admin apps for me I pretty much own your computer.
Rumour has it that the RIAA persuaded Microsoft to disable a PC's ability to record the audio it was playing. Looks like they need to persuade the rest of the world now.
"bad news for VoIP confidentiality"?
Um, no - bad news for Windwoes confidentiality.
Never mind - it never existed anyway.
does it affect a terrorist's iphone?
Or their skype mobiles?
Not much help then is it!
Journalism neutrality and balance fail.
There is no reason not to believe that Skype could turn on the microphone and camera even outside of calls, thus monitoring your room.
I can guarantee without doubt they can't turn on my cam or mic - I don't have any connected ;-)
And you're surprised?
The internet is not safe, will never be 100 percent safe and anyone putting personal information into credit card sales, phone calls or other is simply stupid. Even the damn terrorists know that.
The IT government Nazi's are aware of this and simply love it.