How a hacker can listen to all your Skype conversations
By Koder at Fri, 08/28/2009 - 06:15
An advisory issued by Symantec Anti virus, just two days back details the Trojan.Peskyspy trojan, which was discovered just two days back. It states:
"When the Trojan is executed, it injects a thread into the Skype process and hooks a number of API calls, allowing it to intercept all PCM audio data going between the Skype process and underlying audio devices" meaning your Skype conversations. In addition to this, the Trojan opens a backdoor on the compromised computer, allowing the attacker to record and transmit the recordings. The trojan also possess the ability to circumvent certain firewall settings.
The good news is that Symantec claims that the distribution and threat from this Trojan is very low, with updated virus definitions, you should be able to deter this threat. Being still new, this vulnerability opens a new can of worms in the VOIP world. The original advisory can be reached at http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-082710-4600-99&tabid=2