[LINK] Skype on your iPhone!

David Lochrin dlochrin at d2.net.au
Wed Apr 1 13:19:44 AEDT 2009

On Wednesday 01 April 2009 10:57, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> Luxembourg: EBay's Skype, an internet calling service with 
>> about 400 million users around the world, plans to release a 
>> version of its Internet-based phone software for Apple's iPhone, 
>> which allows Skype users to make free calls on computers or 
>> supported cellphones with Wi-Fi, reported The Wall Street Journal.

The Wikipedia article on Skype is certainly interesting, particularly the section headed "Issues" which includes this:

In an interview with Kurt Sauer, Chief Security Officer Skype, he said, "We provide a safe communication option.  I will not tell you whether we listen or not."[60]  Skype's client uses an undocumented and proprietary protocol.  The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is concerned by user privacy issues arising from using proprietary software and protocols and has made replacement for Skype one of their high priority projects.[61]  Security researchers Biondi and Desclaux have speculated that Skype may have a backdoor since Skype sends traffic even when it is turned off and because Skype has taken extreme measures to obfuscate their traffic and functioning of their program.[62]  Several media sources have reported that at a meeting about the "Lawful interception of IP based services" held on 25 June 2008, officials[who?] at the Austrian interior ministry said "it is not a problem for them to listen in on Skype conversations".  Austrian broadcaster ORF citing minutes from the meeting have reported that "the Austrian police are able to listen in on Skype connections".[63][64]  Skype declined to comment on the reports.[65] 

I do have a use for such software, but I think I'll wait for the Open Source version.


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