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Then what?

Then what?

Posted Sep 3, 2009 18:57 UTC (Thu) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
Parent article: A trojan for Skype

While "Tim"'s advice may be sound and all, I don't know what other solutions are there. Is Ekiga safer for illegal or confidential purposes than Skype? Looking at it from the other point of view, that of law enforcement, is it feasible to get a warrant to eavesdrop on a private communication using Skype, or Ekiga? Even if the police have access to Skype communications, I don't think they want the bad guys (or the rest of us) to know.

Not that I am thinking about terrorists or drug dealers. If I were to run an illegal network I would just use SSH to a central server using private keys kept in USB dongles, plus passwords, and read and write text documents there. Or maybe even a VPN. Much simpler and easier to manage. That shows you that geeks make awful terrorists or drug dealers!

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Then what?

Posted Sep 4, 2009 9:56 UTC (Fri) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167) [Link]

No, Ekiga is much worse, Skype is encrypted. We don't know who has the keys, but it's safe to assume that they're not handing them out like candy, since there are no reported leaks. Ekiga transmits in clear, anyone who can read your IP traffic gets the entire conversation handed to them on a plate.

In theory you can get encrypted SIP. But now you've gone from Skype (your grandmother has it) to Ekiga (your friend running Ubuntu has it) to encrypted SIP (you once met someone who knows a guy that has it) and there's no point having a communication network if no-one you're interested in communicating with is connected to it.

Then what?

Posted Sep 4, 2009 9:57 UTC (Fri) by johill (subscriber, #25196) [Link]

Yeah, zFone seems nice, but I haven't seen a well-integrated implementation for linux yet.

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