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German Surveillance Trojan Spies On Fifteen Apps 69

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itwbennett writes "Researchers from Kaspersky Lab have discovered that the R2D2 surveillance Trojan, which is used by German law enforcement to intercept Internet phone calls, is capable of monitoring traffic from popular browsers and instant messaging applications. 'Amongst the new things we found in there are two rather interesting ones: Firstly, this version is not only capable of running on 32 bit systems; it also includes support for 64 bit versions of Windows,' said Tillmann Werner, a security researcher with Kaspersky in Germany. 'Secondly, the list of target processes to monitor is longer than the one mentioned in the CCC report. The number of applications infected by the various components is 15 in total.'"
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German Surveillance Trojan Spies On Fifteen Apps

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  • by ackthpt (218170) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @01:33PM (#37764402) Homepage Journal

    Imagine being able to legally work on producing the software to do this. Not just legally- but with the backing of the government. ... no, I do not condone it... ... but it would be fascinating to work on. :)

    Imagine a world where a government employs such devious means...

    Then imagine a world where the government kicks down your door because your detected their worm and quarantined it - which makes you a person of interest.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold

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