Researchers recently uncovered a flaw in Skype, which can expose a user's location and identity, as well as any content being downloaded.

"The issue was uncovered earlier this year by a team of researchers from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), MPI-SWS in Germany and INRIA in France and included Keith Ross, Stevens Le Blond, Chao Zhang, Arnaud Legout, and Walid Dabbous," writes Network World's Joan Goodchild. "The team presented the research in Berlin recently at the Internet Measurement Conference 2011 in a paper titled 'I know where you are and what you are sharing.'"

"The researchers found several properties of Skype that can track not only users' locations over time, but also their peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing activity, according to a summary of the findings on the NYU-Poly web site," Goodchild writes.

Go to "Skype flaw reveals users' location, file-downloading habits" to read the details.

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