Ignored Skype flaw enables hackers to steal sensitive user details

Steven Mostyn reports:

What’s not to like about Skype? It spans the world, it enables us to chat instantly with friends and family, it supports video communication, and it’s completely free. What’s not to like?

Well, how about the potential for having your computer’s security compromised because Skype can allow nefarious online criminals to access your identity, physical movements and personal documents?

That’s according to a paper published by a research team from New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, which claims hackers can take a Skype user’s IP address and use it to track activity through P2P services such as BitTorrent—where community users regularly share their personal details.

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