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Monday, October 24, 2011

Skype Security Flaw Potential Terrorist Threat, NYU Professor Says

A flagrant security flaw in the massively popular Skype video chat service may be putting Internet users worldwide at risk.

The serious security breach in the Internet video chat program, which boasts over 500 million users around the globe, means that any evil computer nerd could easily hunt down users' whereabouts, according to a study co-authored by an NYU-Poly professor.

Skype was quick to downplay the importance of the research. But Keith Ross -- part of an international team of researchers who uncovered the problem -- said blackmailers or other cybercrooks could, for example, use the flaw to track the travels of a cheating spouse.

And more alarmingly, terrorists or criminals could use the security gap to determine the locations of groups of government officials or employees of a large organization, he told the New York Post.

"Any sophisticated high school or college hacker could easily do this," Ross told the Post.

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