Skype conversations not so secret any more

Much has been made of the fact that Skype's IP header format is notoriously difficult to decrypt, even by the Secret Services, so it comes as a surprise that a company has released a package it claims will automatically monitor Skype instant messages.

FaceTime Communications has released the only security product on the market allowed to look at encrypted instant messages sent between Skype users.

The upgrade to the firm's Greynet Enterprise Manager (GEM) software detects potentially harmful URLs within instant messages.

FaceTime says it is the only company that has an agreement to develop security software with Skype, which is owned by eBay.

The latest upgrade is part of GEM, which is available as an add-on to FaceTime's Unified Security Gateway, an appliance for instant messaging and VOIP security, and IM Auditor, an instant messaging

management appliance.

Shame it's not available for consumers...