MiniPanzer and MegaPanzer

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MiniPanzer and MegaPanzer are two variants of a state-sponsored trojan horse (German: Bundestrojaner) written for a Swiss federal government contractor by Ruben Unteregger, and later used by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (UVEK) to intercept Skype and more generally Voice-over-IP traffic on Windows XP systems.[1][2]

The source code of the programs was released as GPL in 2009 by their author, who retained the copyright.[1] Thereafter, the trojan was apparently detected in the wild;[3] one of its designations given by anti-virus companies was Trojan.Peskyspy.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Swiss coder publicises government spy Trojan -". Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "MegaPanzer: Parts of Possible Govware Trojan Re...". Linux Magazine. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ Zetter, Kim. "Code for Skype Spyware Released to Thwart Surveillance | Threat Level". Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  4. ^ Danchev, Dancho (2009-08-28). "Source code for Skype eavesdropping trojan in the wild". ZDNet. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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