Skype-Blocking Whack-a-Mole Continues
from the that-pesky-competition dept
Blocking disguised data from disruptive applications is a little like trying to hold back a river with a pine cone, and trying to block Skype is certainly the new black. Whether you're a repressive government looking to protect the interests of your state-run phone company, a University or company worried about security holes or bandwidth use, or you're a government annoyed that you're not getting the appropriate kickbacks, there's a growing number of hardware vendors now building gear specifically aimed at blocking Skype for you. The people that build these solutions had already stated that Skype was hard to detect and block, and apparently these companies are having even more trouble detecting the latest version released just a few weeks ago. The continuing game of cat and mouse is familiar to those watching ISPs trying to contain BitTorrent traffic. The easiest way for corporations or colleges to control Skype is to ban the executable from running on the desktop. For countries however this will be a neverending game of whack-a-mole. VoIP is simply data, and data can always be disguised - something Skype engineers seem to be getting better at with each incarnation.