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- Skype is the culprit?
February 27, 2010, 12:26 pm
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I notice, and posted in this thread:
how I sometimes get strange attempts where packets are attempted (but
apparently blocked by the firewall) to be uploaded from my PC to
strange servers all over the world. Today I even saw an attempt to
upload to a Ivy league university.
But this happens (it seems) only when Skype has been loaded up. So I
deduced, absent some bot or malware, it must be random users from all
over the world randomly contacting me through Skype (pinging, so to
speak, not calling me).
So Skype is the culprit.
Anybody else notice this in their firewall? It's just a working
hypothesis at this point.
Re: Skype is the culprit?
Confirmed. Took a time out and loaded and unloaded Skype, and sure
enough, within seconds, you start getting pinged (and UDP packets get
requested to be uploaded from your PC to ports all over the world),
from all over the world, including Brazil (I'm posting from Greece),
Hungary, Korea, Russia and central asian countries / regions I've
never heard of (start with a K, not Kazakstan either).
Skype is the "virus"!
My firewall blocks all such requests of course.
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