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Russian reverse engineers Skype, uploads source to public

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A Russian programming researcher Efim Bushmanov uploaded the Skype source on Blogspot, torrent and Github last Tuesday. Bushmanov said that his release engineering work is “not finished,” and stated that the purpose of its release is “community involvement.”

Bushmanov said that his motivation was a story in the Wall Street Journal which described possible eavesdropping on Skype by governmental agencies. The upload to public would allow people to participate with further work on the reverse engineering which is not yet finished.

Skype responded by a promise to support security of the Skype users and to investigate and prevent the attacks this can cause: “This unauthorized use of our application for malicious activities like spamming/phishing infringes on Skype’s intellectual property. We are taking all necessary steps to prevent/defeat nefarious attempts to subvert Skype’s experience. Skype takes its users’ safety and security seriously and we work tirelessly to ensure each individual has the best possible experience.”

Read more: Wikinews.org

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