June 13, 2011

Skype protocol hack could have been prevented claims StarForce

StarForce's comments come in the wake of blog postings by security researcher Efim Bushmanov who, earlier this month, claimed to have reverse engineered the Skype protocol.

"My aim is to make Skype open source," he said in a blog posting on June 3, adding links to download executable files compatible with Skype versions 1.4, 3.8, and 4.1, as well as IDA Pro disassembly database files, and - crucially, Infosecurity notes - his reverse engineered pseudo source code.

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March 23, 2011

Steam's gaming platform adopts Skype voice technology 'SILK'

Valve has significantly improved the Steam digital distribution and game client the past few years, though a weakness has been its somewhat lacking voice chat technology. Today that's better, too, as a new client patch updates the game with the "SILK" audio codec, the same stuff Skype -- the ever-popular VoIP service -- uses.

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November 15, 2010

New Grandstream GXV 3140 IP Video Phone is Skype Certified

Grandstream Networks, manufacturer of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, announced that its award-winning GXV3140 IP multimedia phone.
The GVX 3140 uses mega-pixel camera and H.264 codec to deliver razor sharp video calling over Internet, is officially certified by Skype and incorporates native Skype embedded software to allow Skype video calling without a PC. Skype’s community of users worldwide, who already have the capability to send and receive free video calls to and from their computers, can now do so with Grandstream’s IP multimedia phone.

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September 03, 2010

Skype Introduces 10-Way Video Calling

Skype — apparently pleased with its five-way beta group video-calling functionality — has just released a new version of Skype 5.0 for Windows that doubles group support. It now allows for up to 10 video callers.

Skype 5.0 beta two is already available for download; it includes 10-way video calls, automatic call recovery and a cleaner user interface. The update is also said to improve call quality and includes a number of bug fixes to make the overall experience much smoother.

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September 02, 2010

Cisco making a play for Skype?

 Cisco is reportedly looking to buy Skype before the Internet phone provider goes public.  The blog TechCrunch posted over the weekend that Cisco made an offer for Skype before it completed its IPO process. The site attributed the unconfirmed information to "reliable sources."

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May 25, 2010

Skype Really Wants Your Business

Fresh off its sale by eBay to a private equity firm, Skype is making big plans for the business market. The provider of Internet communications services – mostly over personal computers for non-business purposes – is looking to make serious inroads in the business space, starting with an offering of corporate subscription packages this fall.
The packages will include tools for IT managers to incorporate Skype into their existing telecommunications and IT infrastructure and a line of Skype-enabled televisions, which the company hopes corporate customers will use in their conference rooms.

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May 03, 2010

U.S. Congress May Finally Be Allowed To Use Skype To Talk To Constituents

Ah, Congress. It's really amazing how the folks in charge of regulating the technology industry basically aren't allowed to use it. Two years ago, we wrote about concerns among some in Congress, that using YouTube violated House rules. Later that year, a slightly misguided flare-up occurred when folks realized that the rules also forbade the use of Twitter (the misguided part was an attempt to turn it into a partisan thing).

Eventually these things got sorted out, but basically, it appears that Congressional reps can't use certain new technologies without first getting those technologies approved.

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March 26, 2010

Skype Is Now Available on Verizon's 3G Network

Skype is now available to Verizon Wireless customers who are owners of BlackBerry and Android-based smartphones, the New Jersey-based phone company said. The Skype Mobile service now works on nine phones and can be downloaded on these devices starting this morning. Kevin covered the news for us over on jkOnTheRun yesterday. We are going to do a review of the service and let you know how it works.

Verizon is milking this news for all it’s worth, sending out press releases, organizing press conferences and special events. Frankly, the company needs all the help it can get considering that its smartphone portfolio has no hot-selling devices, especially when compared to the iPhone. (Related: Skype & Verizon’s Fear of the iPhone.)

Source: GigaOm

kype for SIP now Interops with AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Gateways

Skype and AudioCodes today announced that the AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway has been certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP.
This will enable the majority of the world’s small and medium-sized businesses, who are still using legacy TDM PBXs and Key-Systems to communicate more efficiently by directing their outbound calls to mobile phones and landlines around the world through Skype. It will also allow them to receive inbound calls from Skype users.

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November 30, 2009

Skype courting traditional wireless carriers

After years of stealing telecom service share from traditional providers, Skype is looking to cozy up with carriers. The company recently broke free of legal entanglements between its former parent, eBay, and its founders. Its chief operating officer resigned, heading to the U.S. to "pursue career interests within the global Fortune 500 technology, telecommunications and media industry."

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October 14, 2009

Where’s the value in Skype buying Gizmo5?

Michael Arrington broke a rumor that Skype is in talks to buy Michael Robertson’s Gizmo5. I don’t see much value. You buy a small company for five things: cash flow, IP, brand, relationships, and people. Does the firm produce cash flow? When you make half-a-penny a minute, you must sell a gazillion minutes.
When you have intense competition, manage churn. When price-per-minute falls, find non-minute sources of revenue. When market prices fall, build volume for buying power over your termination suppliers.

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October 05, 2009

Spooks (Indian Intelligence) want government to block Skype citing strong encryption

Editor's Note:  Now this is the 4th article I have read from another intelligence agency citing the strong encryption of Skype.  At first I thought this might be a ruse to get people that are committing crimes to feel an increased sense of safety in using Skype for their communications (In no way do I support illegal activity), but now I am wondering if it is as good as it has been claimed to be?   With the attacks in Mumbai, I can see why this is a concern being that is was reported that the terrorists used a form of VoIP (non-skype) to coordinate these most unfortunate attacks.   I am going to do some deeper research to see what I can find.  

NEW DELHI: Intelligence agencies have asked the government to consider blocking Skype as operators of the popular global VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) engine are refusing to share the encryption code that prevents Indian investigators from intercepting conversations of suspected terrorists.

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July 06, 2009

Skype's voice encryption stumps German police

German police are unable to decipher the encryption used in the Internet telephone software Skype to monitor calls by suspected criminals and terrorists, Germany's top police officer said on Thursday.  Skype allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet from their computer to other Skype users free of charge.

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July 03, 2009

eBay’s fight with Skype founders may threaten the Skype IPO

eBAY Inc.’s dispute with the founders of its Skype Internet-phone division threatens to delay a Skype initial public offering (IPO) and lower the amount raised.

Skype, which lets users place calls online, told a London court in April that it may have to suspend the service if it can’t resolve the fight. Skype’s founders, who still own a piece of software used by Skype, have accused eBay of breaching a licensing deal. They’re threatening to yank the technology from Skype, disabling the world’s largest provider of international calls.

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April 07, 2009

Group urges FCC to open AT&T's 3G to Skype on iPhone

An advocacy group today asked the Federal Communications Commission to decide whether AT&T Inc. and Apple Inc. have broken federal rules by blocking iPhone owners from using the recently released Skype voice-over-IP (VoIP) service on AT&T's 3G wireless network.

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March 09, 2009

Skype to give away wideband audio codec royality-free

Skype this week said it will soon be offering royalty-free licenses to its new SILK wideband speech codec to interested third-party developers and hardware makers. The wideband codec recently debuted as part of Skype 4.0 for Windows (with a Mac version coming in April.)

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February 13, 2009

NSA offering 'billions' for Skype eavesdrop solution?

Editor's Note:  Just to play "devil's advocate", this could be well placed misinformation to make people feel like there is more privacy on Skype than there is to get would be criminals to be more brazen.  I just wanted to point that out being that I am still a little skeptical that the NSA can not monitor these conversations.   I have a couple ideas on what it would take to do this but that is not for open and public discussion.
News of a possible viable business model for P2P VoIP network Skype emerged today, at the Counter Terror Expo in London. An industry source disclosed that America's supersecret National Security Agency (NSA) is offering "billions" to any firm which can offer reliable eavesdropping on Skype IM and voice traffic.

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January 19, 2009

Native Skype Application Coming to iPhone

Usually we are not reporting about upcoming, not released yet, applications, but this one is special: the original native Skype for iPhone is coming! While already several third pary apps for iPhone offer some Skype functionality, they often are based on usage of 3rd party servers and proxies and simply do not offer some functions.

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October 07, 2008

Skype President Addresses Chinese Privacy Breach


You may have seen some reports in the media about a security and privacy breach in the software provided by our Chinese partner, TOM Online. I'm writing to let you know where we stand, and what we're doing to resolve the problem. Some brief background:

In China, TOM is the majority local partner in our joint venture that brings Skype functionality to Chinese citizens. The software is distributed in China by TOM and TOM, just like any other communications company in China, has established procedures to meet local laws and regulations. These regulations include the requirement to monitor and block instant messages containing certain words deemed "offensive" by the Chinese authorities.

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October 01, 2008

Digium and Skype Collaborate to Bring Skype to Business PBX

Digium,and Skype, announced the beta version of Skype For Asterisk, which will allow the integration of Skype functionality into Digium's Asterisk software and enable customers to make, receive and transfer Skype calls from within their Asterisk phone systems.

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September 19, 2008

Asus Announces World's First Skype Video Phone


Every decent sci-fi novel has a videophone. Even Philip K Dick, not a man to mess with gadgets other than robot doctors in suitcases and flapples (flying cars), dropped the occasional vidfone into his stories.

Now, of course, everyone has a videophone, whether it's a 3G mobile or a webcam equipped desktop running Skype. But that hasn't stopped Asus announcing the World's First desktop video Skype phone, which even has a pulp sci-fi name: The AiGuru SV1.


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July 25, 2008

Speculation over back door in Skype

Editor's Note:  Here are a couple thoughts I have about this.   First, you should always assume that every  major application out there mostly likely have some sort of remote access for governmental agencies to monitor criminals.  This is not paranoia, but if the application has encryption then you know the NSA has keys if it is distributed in the U.S.  Second, you really should not be doing anything illegal but you happen to find yourself astray of the law then you should not be using any of the high technology to conduct yourself in these ways.  I am in no way supporting any illegal acts, I am just giving helpful advice to my audience.  Lastly, this does not surprise me being the amount of users they have, it would be quite odd of our defense agencies could not  monitor this type of communication.

According to reports, there may be a back door built into Skype, which allows connections to be bugged. The company has declined to expressly deny the allegations. At a meeting with representatives of ISPs and the Austrian regulator on lawful interception of IP based services held on 25th June, high-ranking officials at the Austrian interior ministry revealed that it is not a problem for them to listen in on Skype conversations.

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April 23, 2008

Skype's New CEO "Interview" - He Still Doesn't Get It!

Editor's Comments:  Good read, I love it when people take crusade against bad customer service.   With us being part of this free market economy you really have two options, vote with your dollars (or euro if your into that) or take up the issues and not let the corporation get away with bad service and not hear what you have to say.  Sometimes is takes a blog post, phone call or letter but make sure you get through to someone who can do something. 

Skype has just published a so-called "interview" with their new CEO. First, rather than face the press and public, and possibly have to answer some hard questions from people who have (miserable) experience with Skype, he chose to hide behind a pseudo-interview with his own publicity manager. Second, even with every softball question possible being served up to him, it is obvious that he still doesn't get it.

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April 21, 2008

Google Skype Acquisition Rumor

Every so often, a rumor starts going around that Google will be purchasing Skype. That rumor is back in action again today; as usual, Skype has refused to comment on the rumor. Others are happy to speculate about it, though, and there have been some interesting arguments provided as to why it’s an acquisition that makes sense for the VoIP industry.  

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April 03, 2008

FCC's Kevin Martin Worries About Wide-Open Wireless

Skype was dealt a setback Tuesday when Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin said he would recommend that his fellow commissioners dismiss Skype's request to apply the Carterfone principles to the wireless industry.

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