INSECURITY OUTFIT Symantec has reported that it has found the public release of source code for a Trojan that targets Skype users.
Trojan.Peskyspy is spyware that records a voice call and stores it as an mp3 file for transmission later.
A machine that has been infected will use the software that handles audio processing within a computer and save the call data as an MP3 file.
The MP3 is then sent over the Internet to a predefined server where the attacker can then listen to the recorded conversations.
Since the call is an MP3 it does not take up too much space and that means that transfer loads are lower. Symantec admits that at the moment the threat risk is low.
However, since the code is publicly available, Symantec thinks that malware authors are likely to use it as a part of customised snooping packages.
The downside of course is that the malware creators would need to have a lot of time on their hands to go through hours of Skype audio files to find anything juicy.
You would have to be very dedicated, or bored, or incredibily jealous about your partner, to bother. µ
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