As the world of technology progresses, so does the risk associated with it. While there are a large number of amazing things that progress with the technological progress, the threats that we face, too progress. While on one hand our antivirus and antimalware programs are getting stronger and better, on the other hand, the viruses and Trojans too, are getting smarter to bypass these security measures. A new Skype Trojan T9000 has been spotted, which is quite a sophisticated Trojan, which easily bypasses securities to spy on the users calls and chats on Skype.
This has been discovered by security researchers from Palo Alto networks. The T9000 is also capable of taking screenshots of different applications on a victim’s device. Video and Audio calls are recorded, and chats are logged. The information is all stored on a user’s computer itself, in a folder called ‘intel’.
T9000 is basically from the same family of Trojans that the T5000 was from. As many as 24 potential security suites can be easily bypassed by this ‘sophisticated’ Trojan.
“The malware goes to great lengths to identify a total of 24 potential security products that may be running on a system and customizes its installation mechanism to specifically evade those that are installed,” the team wrote in a blog post. “It uses a multi-stage installation process with specific checks at each point to identify if it is undergoing analysis by a security researcher.”
The T9000 has been spotted on ‘several’ PCs in the United States, though it does not mean that users elsewhere are safe from it. What you can do to secure yourself from this attack is recommended by the researchers, as they noted that users must decline explorer.exe’s request to access the Skype application, which subsequently helps facilitate the attack.
The Trojan is soon expected to be taken down with updates rolling out for the antiviruses.