Privacy campaigners lay into Skype2011.03.17 09:55 by Daniela
Keywords: Skype, privacy
Campaigning group Privacy International is accusing Skype of putting its users at risk through a series of security holes.
"Skype's misleading security assurances continue to expose users around the world to unnecessary and dangerous risk," says Privacy International's human rights and technology advisor, Eric King.
"It's time for Skype to own up to the reality of its security and to take a leadership position in global communications."
PI's main concern is the fact that Skype's interface uses full names on the contact list, rather than unique user names, making it easy to impersonate other users.
Because Skype has no HTTPS download ervice, says PI, downloads can be tampered with by a third party. China, for example, has been known to produce its own trojan-infected version of Skype, exposing users to interception, impersonation and surveillance.
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