Researchers ID Skype Users Who Also Use BitTorrent
- Jeremy Kirk, IDG News for PCWorld October 21st, 2011
- Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/242278/researchers_id_skype_users_who_also_use_bittorrent.html
Entertainment companies seeking to trace people who are illegally file sharing may be interested in new research that could identify file-sharers through their Skype accounts. A research team has figured out how to link online Skype users to their activity on peer-to-peer networks, a correlation that could represent a major threat to users' privacy.
The study focused on how a Skype user's IP address can be determined without that user knowing, and then linking that same IP address to files that are being shared through peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.
The research was done by Stevens Le Blond of MPI-SWS in Germany; Chao Zhang and Keith Ross of NYU-Poly in the U.S.; and Walid Dabbous and Arnaud Legout of INRIA in France.