Tandon in the News
Skype flaw exposes users’ location, identity
Flaws in Skype and similar Internet phone systems could potentially disclose the identities, locations, and even digital files of hundreds of millions of users, a new study finds.
- James Devitt-NYU for Futurity.org October 20th, 2011
- Source: http://www.futurity.org/science-technology/skype-flaw-exposes-users%E2%80%99-location-identity/
Researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and colleagues in France and Germany will present the findings at the Internet Measurement Conference 2011 in Berlin on November 2, 2011.
Keith Ross, a professor of computer science at NYU-Poly, explains that the team uncovered several properties of Skype that can track not only users’ locations over time but also their peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing activity. Even when a user blocks callers or connects from behind a Network Address Translation (NAT)—a common type of firewall—it does not prevent the privacy risk, he says.