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Skype Trojan targets citizen journalists, activists

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ Blog post:

By Frank Smyth/Senior Adviser for Journalist Security

The Russian manufacturer promises results. The software can be used to control your own or, say, a customer's computer by making it a remote software client. Or it could be used for spying on others.

"BlackShades Remote Controller also provides an efficient way of turning your machine into a surveillance/spy-device or to spy on a specific system," reads one line of the online product description. The software sells online for $40 (an additional $12.60 brings premium support) through the Canadian E-Commerce reseller paypro, and it can surreptitiously record keystrokes and screen views while giving the intruder clandestine remote access to the target computer.

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