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Trojans to Target VoIP in 2006

IP Communications facilitate benefits of productivity, flexibility and declining costs. But for that, companies must keep their networks free from viruses, worms and intruders.

Investigators often face problems with 'Voice over IP' connections, especially for people who use 'Skype' through foreign servers or communicate directly between two PCs to encrypt their data.

The year 2006 is going to have a lot of free VoIP, although cable companies are generating revenue much more than others. 2006 is also going to be the one for voice spam and the Trojans, viruses and scams will target VoIP for the first time instead of browsers. Enterprises will have 'denial-of-service' attacks on VoIP trunks and some 'call-hijacking scams'.
The Swiss spies in 'Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications are experimenting with Trojan-based software to enable them listen on 'Voice over IP Communications'.

According to Sonntags Zeitung, the Swiss security outfit ERA IT have written Trojans, which aims to whip it to investigation agencies. One reason for this act is to help prevent anti-virus manufacturers from including it into their databases, and recognizing it by using their tools.

As the Trojan installation would be possible only with the good wishes of a judge, the ISPs, which the people under investigation use, can incorporate the program onto their PCs. The program intends to save 'overhead conversations' and transmit them to a server in little packages.

One function of the software is that if a computer turns off before transmitting all the data, then on restarting it, the program continues the transmission. The software can also turn on the 'microphone' or 'webcams' on a PC, which can authorize the owner without his knowledge about it.

VoIP security is different from IP or Internet security. VoIP providers have huge differences in terms of the security precautions they adopt for the users' information, traffic, as well as their own infrastructures. The attacks targets at publicity implying things that is widely in use. VoIP is going to be more widely in use meaning that people actually have to encounter security issues are going to be more real.


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