A new version of Skype for computers has been released and will solve an old problem regarding the leaked IP address information which was used by malicious users, especially frustrated gamers, to harass their rivals. From now on, hiding the IP address will be enabled by default, and this will prevent hackers from attacking their targets.
In 2015, Statistics said that 300 million people were using Skype on a daily basis, and this is not a huge number, considering that the application has been around for 12 years, being much older than WhatsApp, which just turned 6 years old and it’s used by 1 billion people. Skype offers high quality voice and video calls to other users and until a while ago, the application was considered very secure, offering end-to-end encryption and even if the registration system allows the users to choose a fake name, in order to hide their identity, it seems that the application had a number of security issues. One of them was the leaked IP address information, which was allowing other users to find out which IP address was used by an account, then they started attacking the owner. And online trolls don’t have better things to do than harass vulnerable victims who don’t know how to protect themselves.
Another category of “blood sucking vampires” are gaming fanatics who start hating their opponents because they have better scores. To get revenge on a player because he’s better than you is silly, but for these obsessed gamers, losing a game makes them lose their minds. They become so angry that they’d do anything to attack other players, using Skype’s flaws. And back in 2011, it was discovered a big issue that allowed other users to track a person’s whereabouts, while a year later, Pastebin has given instructions on how to exploit a flaw in Skype’s network, in order to determine someone else’s IPS address.
Luckily, Microsoft, Skype’s new owner, found a way to “prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address”. The users are advised to install the new version of Skype, which hides IP addresses by default.