Skype Can Expose Your Location, Researchers Say
- SOMINI SENGUPTA for nytimes.com November 29th, 2011
- Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/skype-can-expose-your-location-researchers-say/
Remember when a prankster could make himself a general nuisance by calling your home phone and quickly hanging up?
The equivalent of a prank call on Skype, the popular voice-over-Internet-Protocol service, can be much more than a nuisance. If you are logged in to Skype, a prankster – or thief or spy – can effectively track where you are and in some circumstances, what you do and even what you download, according to an experiment led by Keith Ross, a computer science professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn.