German Proposal Gives A New Perspective On ‘Spyware’

A VoIP expert has unveiled new proof-of-concept software that allows an attacker to monitor other peoples' VoIP calls and record them for later review. Unencrypted VoIP really isn't very secure; if you have access to the raw network traffic of a call, it's not too hard to reconstruct the audio. Encrypted traffic is another story. German officials have discovered that when suspects use Skype's encryption feature, they aren't able to decode calls even if they have a court order authorizing them to do so. Some law enforcement officials in Germany apparently want to deal with this problem by having courts give them permission to surreptitiously install spying software on the target's computer.




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