Skype Investigating Vulnerability Which Reveals Users' IP Adresses

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Skype has announced that it is investigating a new tool which can be used to collect users' IP addresses. The hack, which can provide the IP address of a targeted Skype user without even having to add them as a contact, has been circulating online since last Thursday.

Computer World reports that the trick—which can expose a person's last known IP address just through analyzing their general information—was posted on Pastebin last week. Since, Skype has been trying to get to the bottom of it. In an email statement, Skype explains:

"...this is an ongoing, industry-wide issue faced by all peer-to-peer software companies. We are committed to the safety and security of our customers and we are taking measures to help protect them."

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Skype uses a peer-to-peer system to route its data traffic, but its encryption system is proprietary. To date, the techniques it uses to encrypt data have not come under scrutiny. [Computer World]

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First, you have to download a patched version of Skype to do this? Lol. That's such an easy way to slip/sneak a Trojan or some other malware to unsuspecting computers. Not touching that with a 20 foot virtual pole.

Second, why does Skype even need to store last known IP address? How is that even helpful when a user connects next time? Companies need to stop storing useless data. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.