Skype Vulnerability Reveals User IP Addresses

Skype Vulnerability Reveals User IP Addresses

If you are a Skype user then both your IP address and location can be determined or in other word can easily be revealed. According to a blog post, a modified version of the Skype VoIP software can be used to easily find out the IP address of any valid Skype user. No contact has to be made with the user in order to get the information. This IP could then be used to find out other personal details about the user, such as their location or even their employer. The process only works if the other user is online. The only method of protecting against this is to log off of Skype when you're not using it, or ot use a virtual private network to hide the IP address. The IP address doesn't give up a person's name or other specific information, but it does provide information on the country, and in some cases city, of origin. Last week, someone posted a an exploit of that vulnerability within the Skype network on Pastebin, providing details of how to download a modified or patched version of Skype 5.5 that would allow the exploit to be run.  "Claudius," a community manager on the Skype forums, said that Microsoft was aware of the issue. "Hello, yes, our security experts are aware of it and looking into it already," he posted Monday morning.
Microsoft said - "We are investigating reports of a new tool that allegedly captures a Skype user's last known IP address, a Skype representative said in an emailed statement. "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 takings measures to help protect them." 



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