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Newly found Skype exploit can reveal user's IP address

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If you are using Skype, you might want to be aware of a newly discovered exploit that could be used by other Skype users to discover your remote and local IP addresses. A post on the skype-open-source blog site (via News.com) reveals the details of this exploit.

The process is unfortunately pretty simple. First, a person can download a hacked version of SkypeKit and then change a few registry keys. Then all that person has to do is try to add a new Skype contact name in the program. The IP addressees are revealed when you click on a Skype user's information card. You don't even have to send a contact confirmation notice to that user, which means he or she will be unaware that you are viewing their IP addresses.

This method could be used to find out a Skype user's country and city, along which ISP he or she is using. It could also be used by hackers to go after a particular PC. However, it only seems to work if a Skype user is online at the time. We have contacted Skype for comment on this exploit and if they have plans to fix it.

Source: Neowin




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I am always on Skype, but I usually don't add random people, and my profile is pretty secure. I don't think I will have to worry too much about my IP address getting "found".



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I've never had reason to use Skype and now I have reason not to use it at all. I've always said that I would get my mother an XBox with Kinect and talk to her through that before Skyping. I see that I made the right decision. Thanks for the warning, Creaky.



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If someone can get your IP they can't do much with it... but I know some people that would freak out if someone knew what city they lived in.

Thank goodness for dynamic IP addresses and ISP's that keep servers in different cities in my country. You can have my IP, but you could never find me :P

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