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Skype Trying to Break Through Congress' Ban

Skype Trying to Break Through Congress' Ban

Added: Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
As an official at the Internet voice and video provider has announced recently, the latest scuffle on Capitol Hill regarding House members’ failure to access Skype service has being in the process of being resolved. Staci Pies, the director of government and regulatory affairs for Skype, said that both parties of the issue are actually interested in keeping using Skype service along with some other IP broadband software to be able to communicate with constituents.

Although there’s been no ban on Skype itself, there’s been a ban on running P2P software, including Skype, within the House’s firewalls. This ban was established by the Congress back in 2006, due to fears that the applications that allow PCs exchange information directly (not passing through a central server), might present a huge security risk. Later, in 2009, a data technology review upheld that ban. In addition, Congress also came up with an idea to introduce legislation targeted at banning all the P2P networks inside federal agencies' firewalls.

Staci Pies added that Skype has been meeting a bipartisan congressional team for trying to work out all security problems. It seems like much progress has been made, but she is still sure that it’s not such a simple process, since all of those security implications have to be addressed beforehand. Fortunately, Staci believes there’s no need to rush the issue.

Congress established the ban over numerous fears, the list including inadvertent file-sharing. P2P applications like KaZaa or LimeWire provide users with a possibility to mark specific files on their PCs as available for sharing, thus letting other users to download copies of them. This means that a careless user can accidentally mark other files as available for sharing.

However, Staci points out that Skype doesn’t work this way, as it’s a file-transfer system rather than a file-sharing. The application only allows users to transfer files to others, but makes it impossible to inadvertently share files via Skype. Moreover, network admins can always disable this feature if they still have any doubts.

While Skype tries to clear the security details with House technology administrators, a great number of representatives keep using Skype to get in touch with their constituents, but because of the network ban they have to use Wi-Fi instead, which avoids official networks. In addition, lawmakers often use Skype service in the field, too.

July 21st, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-07-21 23:08:38)
menahunie avatarThe reason the ban is in effect is for security reasons. How many times have we heard that some one's computer at the Hill was "Hacked"?
Same goes for the military networks and the breaches they have had....
Skype is a server type software and ANY SERVER SOFTWARE CAN BE HACKED....

posted by (2010-07-22 17:44:32)
a1c1 avatarGood point menahunie
thanx sam for the article

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