Note To Fugitives: Stay Off Of Skype
from the man-on-the-run dept
We reported last week about Kobi Alexander, the ex-CEO of Comverse, who’s gone on the lam to avoid charges relating to a stock-options scam. Now, he’s apparently been tracked down in Sri Lanka — by a private eye hired by a venture capital company, who was able to trace him to a fishing village by tracking a call he made to relatives over Skype. It’s not clear it’s done much good, as the FBI just says it’s checking out the report, while rumors say Alexander’s already ditched Sri Lanka, perhaps for some place where it’s a little harder to get extradited. In any case, one of Skype’s selling points is its “security” — but as is pointed out on Bruce Schneier’s site, there’s a big difference between the encrypting of calls Skype does, and a system that offers anonymity, as Alexander has presumably discovered.