Skype investigates tool that reveals users' IP addresses2012.05.01 11:38 by Daniela
Skype has said today that it is investigating a method that can discover a user's last known IP address when using the VOIP service. Information on how to unearth IP addresses was posted to Pastebin several days ago, which involved downloading a modified version of Skype 5.5 and enabling debug log file creation in the Windows registry settings.
An IP address is an important piece of information that can be used to track the approximate location of a user and their service provider. But the information is not necessarily accurate, as a person could be using a VPN, whose data center may be located in a different country than the actual user.
In response, Skype said in a statement:
Users who want to avoid security threats could use either a VPN service, or The Onion Router (TOR), an anonymizing service that routes a personís internet traffic through a network of worldwide servers in a fashion that is difficult to trace.
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