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Skype Trojan Can Log VoIP Conversations

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the sans-malice-would-be-a-useful-thing dept.

Privacy 151

Slatterz writes "Security giant Symantec claims to have found the public release of source code for a Trojan that targets Skype users. Trojan.Peskyspy is spyware which records a voice call and stores it as an MP3 file for later transmission. An infected machine will use the software that handles audio processing within a computer and save the call data as an MP3. The file is then sent over the internet to a predefined server where the attacker can listen to the recorded conversations."

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Platforms... (2, Interesting)

Slur (61510) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255477)

Does this affect the Mac OS X version, or does at least one of the callers have to be on a PC?

Re:Platforms... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255513)

Looks like the NSA-mandated backdoor has been exposed! Time for a patch and another sekrit backdoor-opening.

Speaking of backdoor openings, the NSA loves listening to you whisper filth to your boyfriend. Because Mac users are gay.

Re:Platforms... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255551)

What??? Mac users are gay?

Are these gay? http://www.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/steve-jobs-3g-iphone1.jpg [slashgear.com]
Is this gay? http://images.businessweek.com/mz/04/44/0444_20innova.jpg [businessweek.com]

iDon't think so, troll!

This is IMPOSSIBLE (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255575)

Skype Trojan Can Log VoIP Conversations

Skype sells condoms now???!?

MODERATORS! THIS IS A 911 -=EMERGENCY=- (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255669)

Mod parent up! This above comment is much funny!

--Sergio

Re:MODERATORS! THIS IS A 911 -=EMERGENCY=- (2, Funny)

pitterpatter (1397479) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255739)

I'd mod him up if he wasn't posting AC

Oh, and if I wasn't posting

And if I had mod points

Attn: Sir (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255893)

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Re:Platforms... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255801)

Oh god! The businessWeek Photo - LOL ! Put Steve in a leisure suit with a caption of "Hey Baba, your place or mine? I'm a wild and crazy guy!"

Re:Platforms... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256515)

These [ggpht.com] are [flickr.com] not [flickr.com] gay [hipsterhandyman.com] at [blogspot.com] all [themacuser.org] either [flickr.com] .

Yep, Mac users are as straight as Richard Simmons.

Re:Platforms... (4, Insightful)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256741)

You know, I'd rather have a homophobic retard bigot like you think I was gay, rather than having a gay person think I was a homophobic retard bigot.

Like you.

Re:Platforms... (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 5 years ago | (#29257311)

You know.. you could have just said, "I know you are, but what am I?" and it would have been a lot easier to read...

Re:Platforms... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255609)

Does this affect the Mac OS X version, or does at least one of the callers have to be on a PC?

Doesn't Mac OS X runs on PCs?

Re:Platforms... (1)

dandart (1274360) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255657)

Yeah. Macs ARE PCs. Call it by its OS not its platform, fools! I've got a PC but things advertised as "for PC" sometimes don't work!

Re:Platforms... (1)

piemonkey (1628149) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255761)

Yeah. Macs ARE PCs.

They can't be a PC, they have that pretty picture of an apple on them... PCs don't have that...

Re:Platforms... (1)

dandart (1274360) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255789)

What if you stick one on? And PCs to most people are x86 compatibles. But PCs are really personal computers, which is most of them. So... who's right?

Re:Platforms... (4, Insightful)

mckinleyn (1288586) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255897)

PCs to most people are the scary blinky box in the corner. PCs to some are any x86 machine (Macs included). The original acronym means Personal Computers, as you stated. By that definition, my cell phone is a PC. While some may argue the point, it seems most likely that when the average /.er says PC, they mean x86, running Windows.

Re:Platforms... (1)

dandart (1274360) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255977)

That may apply in silly software selling but most people understand if I say "I have a PC". Yes, it's a big box with an unspecified system on it. It's silly nowadays to assume a system at all. There are so many of the damn things. See "Having the right terminology" for details.

Re:Platforms... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255645)

I'm sure that Mac OS X programs can record audio too. Guys, you're running Skype, a program which is closed source, uses anti-reverse-engineering techniques and pretty much behaves like typical malware in many ways. If privacy is a big concern to you, you're doing it wrong.

Re:Platforms... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256223)

Of course, he was asking wether or not this trojan affected mac users. You didn't really answer his question, just stated the obvious. Do I get +1 for stating the obvious in this post as well?

source (5, Informative)

Zen Hash (1619759) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255781)

Does this affect the Mac OS X version, or does at least one of the callers have to be on a PC?

It's written for Windows, like usual, and at least one of the callers would have to be infected.

Source: http://www.megapanzer.com/2009/08/25/skype-trojan-sourcecode-available-for-download/ [megapanzer.com]

Larger problem than Windows. (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255847)

Windows, like usual, and at least one of the callers would have to be infected.

The odds of two Windows users being clean are vanishingly small.

While Windows has unique security problems, all non free software is suspect. On Star and cell phones have been used by law enforcement to listen in on people. Both have the computational power to record and do voice recognition for keywords. Centralized control of software and bandwith is bad for society because the same techniques can be used to supres dissidence as well as fight crime. Software that's not free should always be treated like a spy by community activists.

Re:Larger problem than Windows. (2, Funny)

maeka (518272) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255913)

On Star and cell phones have been used by law enforcement to listen in on people. Both have the computational power to record and do voice recognition for keywords.

Really?
My phone comically confuses the most basic of voice commands, but I should be afraid it is scraping my calls for keywords?

Re:Larger problem than Windows. (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256173)

It's not your cell phone you should be worried about. It's the rather impressive amount of computing power available on the network side, along with a few boxes installed by our friends in suits. You know, the ones your tax dollars pay the salaries of. Having worked in communications for both government and private organizations for ten years, I can tell you there's some interesting stuff out there.

Re:Larger problem than Windows. (2, Funny)

RobVB (1566105) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256435)

Having worked in communications for both government and private organizations for ten years, I can tell you there's some interesting stuff out there.

But you can't actually tell us anything specific about the interesting stuff out there without having to kill us, right?

Re:Larger problem than Windows. (2, Interesting)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256523)

Nah, I wouldn't have to kill you. I'd just go to prison for a long time.

Re:Larger problem than Windows. (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#29257147)

Umm, yea. It's not like anything you're trying to hide is really a big secret.

Because anybody with half a brain and prerequisite knowledge would know something you're trying to not talk about already exists. From there's it's just a matter of simple deduction.

Oh, you must be talking about what replaced the old Cray-based network traffic sniffers, teh ones that would key into detected words like bomb and terror or assassinate.

Nothing new there, shit I've got stock in that.

Re:Larger problem than Windows. (1)

Dreadneck (982170) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255925)

On Star and cell phones have been used by law enforcement to listen in on people.

On Star and cell phones are purposely designed to allow the the government to track and spy on you. I'm not sure that's the case with Skype, though it wouldn't surprise me.

Re:source (1)

chrb (1083577) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255961)

Technically there is no reason why this has to be Windows only. All it would require is to modify the Skype binary to call an mp3 encode function for each audio block it sends or receives. If you can get the user to run your Skype binary, either by replacing the original, or by changing $PATH, then it will work. Skype is supposed to have some anti-reverse engineering code, but it has been cracked before.

Re:source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29257175)

Where does it say that "Peskyspy" is Megapanzer? TFA doesn't say that. They "claim to have found the public release of source code" but don't say where. If it's really Megapanzer it's public knowledge anyway, it's been on /. etc. This is like saying "I discovered an island... on the map".

Re:Platforms... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256139)

Does this affect the Mac OS X version, or does at least one of the callers have to be on a PC?

It only affects M$ windoze. And all of the homo windoze anonymous fags are going to express their latent homosexuality by anonymously spewing forth their repressed aggressive garbage at you like their faggity sperm they spew on each other in their little windoze jerk fests.

Bastards! (4, Funny)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256291)

As usual, I see no Linux support at all. I've almost made up my mind to format and install Windows again. Damn those rat bastard virus writers! Always forgetting us lusers!

Conspiracy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255491)

That's great. How long until we find out some government commissioned it?

Re:Conspiracy! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255535)

Re:Conspiracy! (1)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255767)

Or Symantec...?

I bet Symantec either funds the creation of a lot of the viruses out there in the wild, or even authors them outright. Got to keep those threats out there to keep selling product...

Re:Conspiracy! (1)

chill (34294) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255965)

Woosh!

This is a dupe, though I'm too lazy to look it up. It is about a week old or so.

It was reported by a hacker on his blog. He worked for the gov't of Switzerland and it was done on their dime.

I'm safe (1)

wumpus188 (657540) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255501)

Use OGG and you'll be safe too.

Re:I'm safe (4, Insightful)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255671)

Good point. If it can't access an mp3 encoder, then it can't record it to an mp3. On the other hand, what stops it from using any available audio encoder installed?

Re:I'm safe (3, Insightful)

chrb (1083577) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255933)

What stops the trojan from statically linking an mp3 encoder? Or just downloading a dynamic library if there are size constraints?

Re:I'm safe (5, Funny)

ksatyr (1118789) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256105)

That would be LAME.

Re:I'm safe (1)

StuartHankins (1020819) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256981)

c'mon mods, give him a point for the attempt.

LAME MP3 Encoder http://lame.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

Re:I'm safe (0)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#29257171)

"What stops the trojan from statically linking an mp3 encoder? Or just downloading a dynamic library if there are size constraints?"

If such a thing were actively found and reported it would be the end of that company, and with ebay still holding stake in it at this moment I don't think they could afford a country-wide lawsuit with every person using a computer involved.

Same way EA couldn't stand up to my DRM lawsuit for Spore. I managed to get a huge enough backlash to occur in and out of court that they buckled under.

Re:I'm safe (1)

jeffliott (1558799) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256257)

Put on your tin foil hat! Perhaps it is an elaborate attempt by the RIAA to further stigmatize the "mp3" format!

Hypocrites (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255503)

I expect all those who defended Bush's phone taps on the grounds that "law-abiding Americans have nothing to hide" will also have no problem with this.

Re:Hypocrites (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255793)

Like Obama? [eff.org]

A program can record audio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255511)

News at 11.

(Look, if you're a terrist and don't want your phone conversations recorded, don't run untrusted software, mkay?)

Re:A program can record audio (1)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255939)

I think the real problem isn't government use: it's the use by estranged spouses who make their former partners' lives a living hell.

Conspiracy (3, Funny)

No Lucifer (1620685) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255515)

Somehow, Oprah's got to be behind this...

NSA/CIA/FBI/Police's dream! (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255637)

And Skype all this time was claiming wiretaps were an undue burden that they didn't have to comply with!

Logical step imo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255639)

Uh... no shit? I mean the guy who coded something like this (the interception and logging of skype calls just released the source code for it). How is this more relevant than "trojan found that logs your emails".

Wow sounds.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255659)

..extremely boring.

Sounds familiar... (5, Informative)

piemonkey (1628149) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255667)

I wonder if they're talking about this trojan http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/08/26/144249/Coder-of-Swiss-Wiretapping-Trojan-Speaks-Out [slashdot.org]

Re:Sounds familiar... (5, Informative)

Zen Hash (1619759) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255859)

I wonder if they're talking about this trojan http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/08/26/144249/Coder-of-Swiss-Wiretapping-Trojan-Speaks-Out [slashdot.org]

Yep. Apparently some news site picked it up a week later and wrote their own article without the original details, making it front page news all over again. The only thing new is that Symantec gave it a goofy name.

Re:Sounds familiar... (1)

2muchcoffeeman (573484) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256565)

I should have known I wouldn't be the first to remember that from last week. Can we mod both timothy and Slatterz -1 Redundant?

How can you hide this? (3, Insightful)

bistromath007 (1253428) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255689)

Wouldn't this quickly take enough disk space to be easily noticeable?

Re:How can you hide this? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255821)

Two channels of voice communication can be compressed to about 1kByte/s, less if you omit "silence". No, that is not easily noticeable. You could write uncompressed 8kHz 8bit audio (64kbps*2, 16kByte/s, ISDN quality) and most people wouldn't notice. Most computers are so busy with background processes that regular hard disk activity is expected.

Re:How can you hide this? (3, Insightful)

Darkk (1296127) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255835)

Nope. You'd hardly notice it sitting on your 1.5TB hard drive since low bitrate of voice MP3s are usually pretty small. Betcha the trojan would store the files in the ole temp folder of IE along with other junk files.

Pretty slick idea of a trojan but boring to listen to millions conversations that have little value. Only thing I can think of the trojan author would use some kind of speech recognition software to look for phrases like "passwords" or "credit card info"

Sadly that I rarely download software anymore due to concerns of backdoors or trojans as it's a money game now.

Re:How can you hide this? (4, Interesting)

brusk (135896) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256163)

If you could track the numbers called (on skypeout), you might be able to identify calls to banks, credit card companies, etc., and listen only to those.

its nothing new either (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256363)

I remember back in the 90's some trojans could take a recording of whatever the mic heard in the room (if there was one attached) and or take pics/video from the camera (again, if it found one) and send it.

Re:How can you hide this? (2, Informative)

armie (32968) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256381)

There are a lot of automated banking by phone facilities that rely on the user entering their account numbers and passwords via the keypad. An attacker won't even need sophisticated speech recognition software - all they need is software looking for DTMF tones.

Re:How can you hide this? (1)

Darkk (1296127) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256393)

Good catch. Now you just gave them new ideas!

Re:How can you hide this? (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256503)

Just have it look for important phone numbers, IRS, major banks, etc.

How much important info would you be likely to gleam from skype-skype calls as opposed to skype-landline?

Re:How can you hide this? (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255975)

Wouldn't this quickly take enough disk space to be easily noticeable?

If the phone user is talking 24/7 and has a small hard drive - sure. The loss of 4 gig (the equivalent of 4 *days* of MP3's, or so sayeth my iPod about my music collection) would go unnoticed by all but the most paranoid of users or someone whose hard drive was almost full.

Re:How can you hide this? (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256295)

Voice communications doesn't need 320kbs sampling. You can get away prolly with 64kbs or even 32kbs. Normal analog voice bandwidth is about 6KHz. At 32kbs, you can squeeze a 5 min conversation into about a meg of disk space.

Re:How can you hide this? (0)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 5 years ago | (#29257295)

Well, there's something hideously wrong with your calculations... The longest MP3 in my collection (approx 12mins) takes up 11k.

Re:How can you hide this? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255989)

How many people -really- search their HD? A few extra MBs won't be noticeable to most people, especially if they keep it in obscure directories.

Re:How can you hide this? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256369)

How many people -really- search their HD? A few extra MBs won't be noticeable to most people, especially if they keep it in obscure directories.

It doesn't even matter if you search your HD, unless you are using a live CD to do it. Anyone sophisticated enough to write a trojan to record your VoIP conversations is sophisticated enough to include rootkit concepts that hook into the OS and hide the evidence of the trojan.

I don't know if that's the case with this particular trojan but it's how I would go about doing it if I was writing it.

Re:How can you hide this? (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#29257187)

Anyone sophisticated enough to include a rootkit better be sophisticated enough to wipe out the possibility of a byte-for-byte diff scan to detect the virus or MP3 files.

Doesn't seem terribly practical (3, Insightful)

digitalme2 (965595) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255701)

Seems more like something that would be used by investigators, employers, jealous partners, and their like. As TFA says, "The downside for the malware creators is that they would need a lot of time on their hands to go through hours of Skype audio files to find anything of monetary interest." The idea is so obvious that this is likely why we haven't seen this before.

Re:Doesn't seem terribly practical (3, Interesting)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255945)

"The downside for the malware creators is that they would need a lot of time on their hands to go through hours of Skype audio files to find anything of monetary interest."

You seem to be laboring under the idea that using speech recognition software would not occur to these people, or that the cost of transcription would be higher than the benefit received. First, it's already in widespread use in certain industries. Second, some targets are going to yield much better information than others -- you're correct that if you target a 100,000 random skype phone conversations you won't get much. But what if you only targeted people using it between the hours of 9am and 5pm and had job titles and functions associated with financial data?

Suddenly, you've got yourself a viable criminal enterprise.

Re:Doesn't seem terribly practical (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256521)

Throw in blacklisting the skype-to-skype calls, then whitelist all the calls to known bank numbers, IRS etc.

Grind the whitelisted stuff first, then if you have extra cycles work on all the stuff in the middle :)

Oh, and don't restrict 9-5pm if there are DTMF codes, someone may be doing phone banking ;)

Re:Doesn't seem terribly practical (1)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256219)

Targeted malware is a real threat, and even if the attacker hasn't narrowed it down to a particular person of interest, it would still be possible to narrow down the relevant audio based on accompanying text messages and file transfers. The audio just before and after "Keep this confidential" in the text chat and "Tender Offer Pricing.xls" would draw an inside trader's attention, for example.

Source Code Available Here (5, Informative)

AgentOJ (320270) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255765)

It appears that a guy named Ruben Unteregger published the source code on his site at http://www.megapanzer.com/source-code/#skypetrojan [megapanzer.com]

According to his site, he removed a plugin system from the source as well as code to bypass firewalls, but he'll add it back in at a later date.

From looking at the source, this is heavily geared toward Windows, so the current iteration of the source doesn't affect OS X at this time.

Surprised this actually works (3, Funny)

jonwil (467024) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255779)

Given all the DRM Microsoft is adding to Windows at the behest of the MPAA and RIAA, I am surprised that an app can even GET access to the raw audio anymore.

Re:Surprised this actually works (1)

mckinleyn (1288586) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255935)

Sorry, and I know I'll look like an idiot in ten years when it happens, but how could an OS deny access to camera, speakers, and microphone to all applications without a major (noticeable, uproar-inducing) functionality decrease?

Furthermore, I doubt it's stealing audio at the hardware level, it seems talking the audio from Skype as it is sent / received would be a better plan.

Re:Surprised this actually works (4, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256005)

Audio (and everything else) sent by skype is encrypted.

That is why you need to install a Trojan ON the target machine. This Trojan grabs it AFTER it has been decrypted by skype.

Because it is running local it should be detectable.

Because they chose the trojan route, you can be reasonably assured that breaking the encryption is harder and more troublesome than sneaking into your house and installing a trojan or tricking you into installing it for them.

Re:Surprised this actually works (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256611)

Nothing gets activated until you use the protected code path.

Does it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29255803)

Does it record the numbers you call? Because, if so, couldn't they just look at numbers which tend to be banks and whatnot, listen in on the call, and possibly get sensitive info that way? Or am I missing something?

Re:Does it... (2, Funny)

n0dna (939092) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256103)

Yup. You're missing something. They hide those kind of details in the article.

Go ahead. Read it. I won't tell anyone.

Re:Does it... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256447)

But if I read the article, I won't be a true slashdotter anymore.

it's GPL (0, Redundant)

anton_kg (1079811) | more than 5 years ago | (#29255983)

http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/08/26/144249/Coder-of-Swiss-Wiretapping-Trojan-Speaks-Out?from=rss [slashdot.org] http://www.megapanzer.com/wp-content/uploads/SkypeTrojan.zip [megapanzer.com] isn't it the same story?.. I guess we've got some users from symentec here and they've just reposted it at they "blog". So why you have to post that news here _again_?

Re:it's GPL (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256115)

So, you're saying it's not news for nerds, right?

Ergo, it is stuff that matters.

So what? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256059)

This is no worse than the US Department of Homeland Security does on an ordinary weekday. So, why should I be concerned? I don't have anything to worry about, since I don't have anything I need to hide! We should trust the hackers to use their authority responsibly.

Nothing to hide... (1)

careysb (566113) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256359)

"Anonymous Coward"?

Re:So what? (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256455)

This is no worse than the US Department of Homeland Security does on an ordinary weekday. So, why should I be concerned? I don't have anything to worry about, since I don't have anything I need to hide! We should trust the hackers to use their authority responsibly.

How about if you brag to your buddy on the fone how much you ripped the government off with that nifty tax dodge you found out about?

Howbout if you bitch about how much of your taxes go to support something the Powers That Be are totally for, and you're totally against?

What if a friend calls & says he's coming over to smoke a bowl with you and the cops just happen to need a few more showy arrests to get their next year's funding?

Concerned yet? Keep in mind that the most famous use of the USA PATRIOT Act to date was used to supress political enemies [reviewjournal.com] . Handing them a tool like this is like handing them a can of gasoline & a railroad flare and sayin, "Don't burn down the shed out back." How many laws do you break every day when you get out of bed?

Feature? (0, Offtopic)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256071)

Not having used Skype since it launched, are you saying that recording the call isn't already a feature?
Seems like it could be a pretty popular plug-in if they neutered the redirection.

Re:Feature? (1)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256301)

Hm. Hardly offtopic since it's from the sans-malice-would-be-a-useful-thing dept. I was just raising the question.

Re:Feature? (1)

Jerry (6400) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256753)

No, but it is easily added:

http://atdot.ch/scr/ [atdot.ch]

Re:Feature? (1)

RGRistroph (86936) | more than 5 years ago | (#29257237)

Thanks for that link -- I think call recording is an essential feature of any phone.

Speaking of which, do you know of a call recorder app for Android that doesn't suck by attempting to record the incoming channel using the microphone or force you into speakerphone mode ?

Symantec should read (5, Informative)

zcold (916632) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256175)

Slashdot... Didnt the person who created this release this open source before the weekend?? Symantec is a little slow on the ball... http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/08/26/144249/Coder-of-Swiss-Wiretapping-Trojan-Speaks-Out [slashdot.org]

Re:Symantec should read (1)

zcold (916632) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256191)

looks like im a little slow on the ball too, looks at above posts... (after the fact)

Re:Symantec should read (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256487)

Considering that this has thus been posted twice, maybe Slashdot should read Slashdot.

Re:Symantec should read (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256875)

It would be much more clever to post a dupe story with links that point to the first slashdot story.

Bada Bing (0, Offtopic)

xactuary (746078) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256489)

Are you a PC looking for a Genuine Advantage? Consider using bing.com as is THE source for up-to-date information on Trojan.Peskyspy and other fine trojan products.

GO5AT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256641)

Let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256831)

If a program runs on your computer, it can record any audio going through the audio system? WHAT?!?! How is that possible! You mean to tell me that when a program executes on my computer, it can record audio!!!!!

Please looking up the definition of a trojan- its just a program that gets into your computer...however...and runs like any other program. Don't be surprised if it records audio, forwards your emails, deletes files, etc. This thread should be no surprised because such programs have existed for the last 10-15 years. The fact that it targets Skype doesn't make it especially novel or worth noting. There have been trojans that install and allow remote recording of your computers microphone for ages now. This one just hooks into skype and detects when a phone call is coming in and records it. Nothing has changed- avoid trojans or someone can record everything you do on your computer.

holy basal bark batman! (0)

shaitand (626655) | more than 5 years ago | (#29256849)

dupe dupe dupe, dupe of earl, dupe dupe, dupe of earl...

Ah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29256899)

Drat! Now they'll know all about how my girlfriend's day went and that I'm barely listening. *shakes fist*

RIAA to the rescue... (5, Funny)

marciot (598356) | more than 5 years ago | (#29257287)

I'm gonna call myself and play all my CDs through Skype. That way the RIAA will unleash their pack of lawyers on the scammer who illegally downloads all those songs as MP3s off my computer.

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