oliver.gorwits at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Thu Sep 17 18:59:10 BST 2009
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Dirk Koopman wrote:
> Another objection that one might have (and the Indian Government
> certainly have) is that all the traffic is routed through two
> sets of servers, one located in the US and one in the UK.
Interesting... d'you have any reference for this or is it anecdotal?
I'm not very familiar with Skype at all, but my understanding was
that it is peer to peer in essence, if firewalls permit. If the
firewalls don't permit, then so-called "supernodes" are used to
relay calls, which are simply clients with more permissive firewall
So if you open your firewall you can end up routing calls for 3rd
parties, albeit supposedly just a dribble of traffic.
Their claim to encryption should be taken with a pinch of salt -
they don't publish any technical details which probably means it's
homegrown and full of holes. *shrug*
Oliver Gorwits, Network and Telecommunications Group,
Oxford University Computing Services
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