>A number of myths have popped up recently about the threat of computer “viruses”. There are myths about how widespread they are, how dangerous they are, and even myths about what a computer virus really is. We’d like the facts to be known.
>The largest European hacker club, “Chaos Computer Club” (CCC), has reverse engineered and analyzed a “lawful interception” malware program used by German police forces. It has been found in the wild and submitted to the CCC anonymously. The malware can not only siphon away intimate data but also offers a remote control or backdoor functionality for uploading and executing arbitrary other programs. Significant design and implementation flaws make all of the functionality available to anyone on the internet.