"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."
Fraud, Scare tactics.... is it under M$ already.
Seriously it's a very clever email that not directly associate Reverse Engineer with event BUT MAKING YOU MICHAEL TO DO IT!.... and when sniffing own network traffic and analyzing it became illegal.
Btw: in recent weeks i noted 3 skype things.. it make almost constant segfault when i try to run it second time, new EULA agreement after published skype fix, and some skype spam texts..
Between being bought by Microsoft and these new shenanigans, who wants to join me and boycott Skype?
They're firing the team which designed win-Skype 4 and 5's UI? 'bout damn time. What an atrocity those are.We are taking all necessary steps to prevent/defeat nefarious attempts to subvert Skype's experience.
Lindows was a TRADEMARK dispute. And it is pretty obvious to be honest. I can't start a shoe company called Seebok, nor a softdrink company called Tepsi.
This has nothing to do with trademarks whatsoever. Reverse engineering isn't illegal, even in the US with DMCA which has a interoperability fair use exemption. The only thing they can do is change the protocol. Which they will do
skype has solid legal basis for making action over this.
because, apparently protocol was not really reverse engineered, but the executable was processed with disasseblers and debuggers. that makes it illegal.
a clean room reimplementation would be the right thing to do, law permits that.
We are taking all necessary steps to prevent/defeat nefarious attempts to subvert Skype's experience.
Self-resolving invasive routing?
Anti-softice, anti-debug, anti-interrupt routines?
Encrypted runtime-decyphering binaries?
Exposing of personal data, reading of system files?
Availability of bot-nets running on skype network?
What do they fear? The data showing up what they actually use p2p bandwith for?
i would prefer the resources that went into reverse engineering skype to have been dedicated in improving xmpp+audio/video plus doing more to make it more known.
even ubuntu/canonical doesn't try much in promoting this ie screenshots of Ubuntu chat chient (with video) connected to an android phone (or anything else for the matter) etc
similar to what apple did with facetime