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Researchers ID Skype Users Who Also Use BitTorrent


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.

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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.

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