One Step Closer To Tapping PC-To-PC VoIP? Or To Better Anonymous Systems?
from the or,-maybe-not dept
One of the concerns about the FCC's plans to force VoIP providers to allow wiretapping from law enforcement was the question of whether or not providers like Skype would be included. While the FCC's plan is focused on systems that terminate on traditional phones (which Skype can do), it's been assumed that it would be much more difficult to tap a PC-to-PC call on a system like Skype's main offering. However, the government has just dumped some money into research that has shown it is possible to track a Skype call, even if both parties are using an anonymizing proxy. Still, the details suggest this isn't as revolutionary as it sounds at first. In order for it to work, law enforcement would have to be eavesdropping on the traffic on both sides -- and then all they could do was figure out that the two sides engaged in a call to each other, but would still not be able to figure out what was being said. As someone in the article notes, if anything, it seems likely that finding out this information is more likely to drive new anonymizing techniques than real tapping techniques for PC-to-PC VoIP.