Skype reveals your location

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald alerted Skype users to the hole in security where your IP address and location can be revealed to others:

Skype constantly exposes users’ internet addresses to the entire world, allowing criminals to better target cyber attacks and rivals to locate people.

The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets warned last year about research that showed it was possible to coax Skype into revealing the IP addresses of individual Skype users. Most users however, still have no clue about this basic privacy weakness.

“We are investigating reports of tools that capture a Skype user’s last known IP address,” a spokesperson for Skype said in an emailed statement. “This is an ongoing, industry-wide issue faced by all peer-to-peer software companies.”

Read the whole article here.