Developer Sean O’Neill has released program code which imitates an algorithm used by Skype to encrypt communications over its network, reports V3.co.uk.
Although the code appears to be a partial exposure of Skype’s privacy measures, the article notes that even a small crack could expand into a gaping fissure in a short period of time.
Skype maintains that the hacker’s efforts “in no way” compromise its software’s security. The VoIP provider goes on to say:
We believe that the work being done by Sean O’Neill, who we understand was formerly known as Yaroslav Charnovsky, is directly facilitating spamming attacks against Skype and we are considering our legal remedies.