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Latest Security Flaw in Skype Enables Location Tracking, Invasion of Privacy

A New York University professor has declared that a newly discovered flaw in Skype has a potential terrorist threat.

Professor Keith Ross was a part of an international team of security researchers that discovered the flaw in the world's most popular VoIP service, which has hundreds of millions of users across the globe.

According to the New York Post (opens in new tab), the flaw in Skype could allow a skilled hacker to find out the IP address from which a user has logged in to Skype, thereby determining the location of Skype users, which is a massive breach of privacy and security.

The professor also claimed that the flaw can be used by criminals or terrorists to get the location of government officials and company executives who use the service.

Shockingly, Skype was made aware about the critical flaw about a year ago but, the company chose to do nothing about it.

The company is trying to downplay the flaw, claiming that the ability to derive IP addresses was common with all web based communication clients.

"Just as with typical Internet communications software, Skype users who are connected may be able to determine each other's IP addresses. Through research and development, we will continue to make advances in this area and improvements to our software," Adrian Asher, Skype's chief information security officer told Fox News.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.