Skype - New R2D2 Listening Agent discovered

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:13 PM by hwaldron

This new development is still being analyzed by security firms: 

Backdoor Snoops on Skype, MSN, and Yahoo! Messenger
http://blog.trendmicro.com/backdoor-snoops-on-skype-msn-and-yahoo-messenger/
http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002250.html

QUOTE: We recently came across reports about a hacker group that was able to detect a backdoor which was found capable of monitoring online activities and recording calls when using Skype. However, apart from its routines, it garnered media attention because of its claims that the discovered backdoor may be used by German Law Enforcement.  The malware, which we detect as BKDR_R2D2.A is known as “R2D2″. Based on our analysis, this malware is capable of the following functionalities:

  • Listen to chat conversations for applications such as Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger and SipGate x-lite.
  • Record audio calls when using Skype
  • Monitor web browsing activities with browsers SeaMonkey, Navigator, Opera, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Take screenshots on the affected system.

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