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Skype outage last week induced by modifications for new US spying law?
Posted: 19 August 2007 08:03 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Blogger who claims that the massive worldwide Skype outage last week occurred because an attempt to install a US government backdoor for eavesdropping on Skype conversations, related to the new “Protect America Act” (legislated 2 weeks ago), went wrong:

http://mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=561193

(found through Slashdot)

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Posted: 19 August 2007 01:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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So how come that Voipbuster wasn

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Posted: 19 August 2007 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 19 August 2007 09:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Anyone else reminded even just a tad of a book written by George Orwell?

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Posted: 20 August 2007 08:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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From a BBC news item: Skype issues apology for ‘outage’

Skype said the ongoing disruption was caused by a network software upgrade that went awry.

software upgrade….[conspiracy]with an eavesdropping backdoor? [/conspiracy]

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Posted: 20 August 2007 08:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Transfrmr - 20 August 2007 01:52 AM

Anyone else reminded even just a tad of a book written by George Orwell?

This kind of latest US legislation does go a tad into the direction of 1984, yes…. Big Bush is Watching You (or listening in, that is…)

That new legislation approved gives your government unprecedented power to invade their civilians privacy and listen in to anything and anyone they want.

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Posted: 20 August 2007 09:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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LaMa - 20 August 2007 12:39 PM
Transfrmr - 20 August 2007 01:52 AM

Anyone else reminded even just a tad of a book written by George Orwell?

This kind of latest US legislation does go a tad into the direction of 1994, yes…. Big Bush is Watching You (or listening in, that is…)

That new legislation approved gives your government unprecedented power to invade their civilians privacy and listen in to anything and anyone they want.

1994? Did he write a sequel that I missed? LOL

I actually kind of wish he had…

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Posted: 20 August 2007 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Transfrmr - 20 August 2007 01:59 PM
LaMa - 20 August 2007 12:39 PM
Transfrmr - 20 August 2007 01:52 AM

Anyone else reminded even just a tad of a book written by George Orwell?

This kind of latest US legislation does go a tad into the direction of 1994, yes…. Big Bush is Watching You (or listening in, that is…)

That new legislation approved gives your government unprecedented power to invade their civilians privacy and listen in to anything and anyone they want.

1994? Did he write a sequel that I missed? LOL

I actually kind of wish he had…

Oopsssssss….......

1984

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Posted: 20 August 2007 01:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Okay, the news item text has changed. It now says:

In a statement posted on its website, Skype said the widespread outage began after subscribers’ computers around the world re-started following a security software upgrade issued by Microsoft.

I have my doubts about this. Skype should blast out during every monthly patch day then.

added edit: Skype’s own statement.

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Posted: 20 August 2007 02:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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In every timezone every morning gazillions of people log in more or less at the same time around 9am and never produced a DOS-like collapse.
So it

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Posted: 20 August 2007 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Exactly. That was what I was thinking. I don’t believe at all that Window’s auto-update function would make millions of people update and reconnect at the same moment. It just doesn’t work that way.

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Posted: 20 August 2007 03:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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LaMa - 20 August 2007 07:10 PM

Exactly. That was what I was thinking. I don’t believe at all that Window’s auto-update function would make millions of people update and reconnect at the same moment. It just doesn’t work that way.

Considering that most people I know don’t even ahve the autoupdates enabled because they don’t know how..  It doesn’t make sense to me either.  I’m going with the software upgrade scenario.  Not sure whose software but it makes more sense than millions of people rebooting at the same time.

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