[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Sat Jun 21 09:11:26 EDT 2008

From: Kilian CAVALOTTI <kilian at stanford.edu>
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Re:  "hobbyists"
To: Tim Cutts <tjrc at sanger.ac.uk>
Cc: beowulf at beowulf.org
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:55:38 -0700
Organization: Bio-X / Clark Center - Stanford University

On Friday 20 June 2008 06:51:51 am Tim Cutts wrote:
> That'll be why we don't allow Skype, except on one network which,
> from a security perspective, is considered to be outside the
> Institute, and just as untrusted as the rest of the Internet.

I think that's a wise decision. Skype is a giant black box. Fabrice 
Desclaux published a fair amount of cryptanalysis papers about Skype, 
each one more frightening than the previous ([1], [2] and [3])


In 2005, an official recommendation has been issued by the French 
authorities to prohibit usage of Skype in the National Center for 
Scientific Research (CNRS)'s networks (see [4], and [5] for the 
machine-translated version)

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