Members of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) claim to have uncovered a Trojan designed by the German government to intercept instant messaging communications.
“The CCC claims the trojan it analyzed, which it has dubbed ‘Bundestrojaner’ (the federal trojan), is software designed by the government to intercept VoIP calls,” writes The Inquirer’s Lucian Constantin. “However, its functionality extends much beyond that.”
“Security researchers from antivirus vendor Sophos have confirmed that the Trojan has the ability to monitor Skype, MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger communications, to log keystrokes in Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer and Seamonkey, to take screenshots of the computer screen and to record Skype calls,” Constantin writes.
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