On Mon, 2009-08-31 at 12:05 +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
There are also some other awkward factors
- The person who completely reverse engineers skype probably destroys it.
If you can write a skype client than the spammers can write skype spam
tools as well.
- Skype appears to contain various law enforcement intercept facilities
judging by the evidence - although mostly circumstantial.
- The Skype business model depends upon interoperability not working
(like early instant messaging systems), so you would expect a mix of
protocol changes and thermonuclear level legal responses if the work
was done in the USA or other countries with broken DMCA type laws.
> programming... But surely *someone* does, is there any known attempt to do
I would imagine anyone doing so is keeping fairly quiet - there is big
money on offer from the bad guys for skype trojans, intercepts and
clients, while anyone on the good side fiddling with it faces jail and
harrasment - a fine example of perverse economic incentives.