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Posted by Fabian Wenk on Tuesday January 25, Last week our mail account for support got an email from somebody from Luxembourg asking why his computer has a open connection to one of our computers. The connection was not to one of our servers which is quite common but to TCP port on a regular computer in an office.
Read on for more I walked over to ccucs office where this computer is, to have a look at it and found the free Internet telephony from Skype running on it. For our international co-worker this seems to be an affordable way to talk to their relatives at home without expensive international phone calls.
After further checking this computer with netstat and Fport from Foundstone I had a detailed look at the TCP ports 80 httphttps and which are not so common open on a users workstation. In the output cjcs Fport it is clear, that this connections are going to the Skype software. Permission to Utilize on which the following proved my guess: In order to receive the benefits provided by the Skype Software, you hereby grant permission for the Skype Software to utilize the processor and bandwidth of Your computer for the limited purpose of facilitating the communication between You and other Skype Software users.
Yesterday there was a discussion started on the Full-Disclosure security mailing list with the Subject blocking SkyPE? Watson and then this from Alain Fauconnet again.
From my point of view I’m glad I did not use this software even though it was suggested to me personally. In the first place I did not like the proprietary approach of Skype ‘s solution even if they provide cost free service and a cost free software. Also Skype has the freedom to change their policy any day and charge for their currently free services.
With this “anonymous” use of the computers at our site Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich we probably will have some legal problems in the future. So think twice if you really want to use such “free” services like Skype ‘s Internet telephony. ETH Zurich provides informations about alternatives on the Videoconferencing website. There is client software available cics support the open H.
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. Over 10 comments listed. Printing out index only. Also worth mentioning as an alternative to both H. Usable clients are fore example LinphoneKPhone.
This is how Skype works and it’s public knowledge. Skype uses the P2P network created by the users to route voice traffic. They even say so on their homepage: Actually, ckcs more idle 0039 and power your computer has, the more it will be utilized.
Its the whole idea of Skype: They’d be dead cuxs the infrastructure wasn’t paid by you through tyes and phone bills. They create and contribute close to nothingm but they live from shaving off a tiny little profit from every skype out connection they handle.
They actually destroy the value chain that keeps the infrastructure going and that feeds them. In the end they are really more like a desease of the networks, some kind of parasite organism that doen’t care if it destroys the ressources of its host. They live by the process of redistributing routing, CPU power and bandwith from the same people they serve, they steal performance and bandwidth from public networks and shave off 309 profit from termination fees they are anabled to collect by standards and agreements that those public phone networks have made for their fair interworking – which is exatly that what they are working hard for to destroy it.
They steal your cpu, bandwidth, and routing performance together with that of all the internet community and redistribute it somwhere else, deminusished by the performance neede to run their product.
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When performance based computing and computing on demand becomes commonplace, skype will dry out, as computer performance will be openly available, but at a cost. Noone will feed suckers like Skype for free anymore, if their not stupid. Some info about 0039 Skype does: Well, I see what 0039 saying, but I havn’t had any problems, as long as they can hide it and I don’t have to deal with it while I’m on the computer, besides, I don’t usually leave my programs running.
It hasn’t been a problem for me even though I do have a top line computer, lol at about 3 ghz, I would hope it wouldn’t slow me down, talk about speed, lol.