#Skype security weaknesses could endanger ’vulnerable users’ | #Technology | guardian.co.uk
Among areas that Privacy International has identified as weaknesses are:
• the use in the Skype interface of names rather than unique IDs, meaning that people can be impersonated in the user list;
• Skype downloads are not made through a secure connection (to, say, https://skype.com), which means that other sites can masquerade as the main site and offer compromised versions of the software - something that has happened in the past in China;
• the audio compression system used in Skype allows phrases to be identified with an accuracy of between 50% and 90%, even with encryption applied.