The French come up with freeware ‘Skype-killer’

A French software firm has come up with a ‘Skype-killer’ to deliver ’total eradication’ of Skype throughout an entire network amid corporate concerns that using Skype creates security holes.

A French software firm has come up with a ‘Skype-killer’ to deliver ’total eradication’ of Skype throughout an entire network amid corporate concerns that using Skype creates security holes.

The freeware program, from IS Decisions in Biarritz, is based on the technology used for RemoteExec, which allows administrators to install remotely all file and application types, on all servers and workstations. Among RemoteExec’s users are General Motors, Bouygues Telecom, Mercedes Benz, Crédit Lyonnais and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

‘SkypeKiller’ can be downloaded for free at: http://www.skypekiller.com.

According to IS Decisions, the French Education and Research Ministry has already proscribed Skype’s use on all university and research center networks, while CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, has banned its use since 2001.

Despite the obvious cost advantages to Skype, these won’t be the last organisations to ban it. Once the SANs Institute’s top 20 vulnerabilities are launched amid much fanfare in the next week, you can expect Skype to be among the vulnerabilities most organisations will feel they need to counter.

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