Leveson phone hacking inquiry interrupted.. by a Trojan horse

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The first day of an inquiry into phone hacking by the British media was briefly interrupted today, by a Trojan horse.

David Sherborne, a QC representing phone hacking victims, interrupted the Leveson Inquiry at the High Court in London to reveal that his computer was infected by a data-stealing Trojan horse.

Sherborne, who represents celebrities such as Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan as well as the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, asked to rise from the hearing to investigate his IT problem – presumably concerned that somebody could be using malware to steal private information from his computer.

Conspiracy theorists might speculate that the most likely people behind a malware attack on a barrister representing victims of newspaper-endorsed voicemail hacking might be the newspapers themselves – especially as claims have been made in the past about the use of Trojan horses.

However, chances are that Sherborne was not specifically targeted – and just fell victim (as many thousands of computer users do every day) to a regular attack by a malicious Trojan horse. Without more information, or a sample of the malware found on Sherborne’s computer, it’s simply not possible to draw a conclusion one way or another.

Here is how The Telegraph reported the incident…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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