According to security researchers
at Palo Alto Networks, it sits quietly on your computer stealing your
While the T9000 steals data from
the usual places, such as documents and Web history, it goes a bit further. For
example, it can take screenshots of what you're doing on your computer, steal
encrypted data, and is especially good at stealing information from Skype. It
actually records and stores audio and video from you Skype conversations.
Fortunately, now that the
researchers at Palo Alto Networks have uncovered it and learned how it works,
security software companies can make changes to detect and clean it out. In the
meantime, you can avoid it with a few simple steps.
To ensure they're not infected by
the T9000 Trojan, Skype users have been warned to be wary of a request by
'explorer.exe' to use Skype, as that's what allows the malware to record and
store video, audio, and text files.
T9000 arrives in a file with an
.rtf extension, which stands for Rich Text Format. This isn't a very common
file extension to see anymore, so if it shows up in your email as an
attachment, definitely think twice about opening it.
Speaking of which, don't download
or open unsolicited email attachments of any kind. You should also avoid
clicking links in emails because they might take you to malicious sites.