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Skype Spam

I've been watching for Skype spam and have recently had two experiences that caused me to think about what lies ahead. I think text spam may already be here on Skype and Voice Mail Spam appears to be a real possibility. The examples.

First text message came from "jesusis______" (I've slightly changed the names) This is a real example copied from a Skype Chat session.

[11:20:09 PM] G says: HI IAM GREG IAM A CHRISTIAN FROM THE UNITED STATES .JUST LIKE MEETING PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
[11:21:01 PM] G says: (F) (a skype flower)
[11:23:48 PM] Respondent: do christians send flowers to strangers over the world. sorry i feel this is spam.
[11:23:53 PM] G says: IAM PREACHER012XXX@YAHOO.COM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ME
[11:24:41 PM] Respondent: [11:23:48 PM] Respondent: do christians send flowers to strangers. sorry i feel this is spam
[11:24:53 PM] G says: IAM PREACHER012XXX@YAHOO.COM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ME

Now this could just be some dummy trying to hit on people via Skype profiles. Yet the timing in the text messages suggests it could be more sophisticated. The second statement IAM PREACHER is only 8 seconds after the last one. This may just be abuse of one of the emerging answer machine type recorders that send text messages when in an away mode. Now if you get unwanted messages then the only way to stop it is to set your privacy options in Skype to only allow text messages from buddies. (File/Options/Privacy). I'd like to know of automated examples of chat spam.

The second example may have just been a game. Still I found I kept getting recorded messages on my iPodRadio. They included one minute form the State of the Union address etc. And that made it abundantly clear to me that it is easy to do. In fact I can do it myself. I just instruct my iPodRadio to call another Skyper. Then they get my music or message. While I set it up so people could opt-in and call this character was using it to call and play. So perhaps the "prank" if it was one was just the tip of the iceberg. The result is both a positive... want to send a message to many people, tick the following list on my SkypePodcaster and it simply phones those Skype contacts one after another. In fact if they all had VM I'd just send the broadcast message to VM (party Saturday Night etc.). On the more somber note this might not be the use that really makes people angry. If we thought telemarketers were bad, just think what it would be like if they spammed your voice mail box all the time.

Will Skype's little downloading activity that it goes though to play a VM intro before you can send one slow the voice spammers down enough or make voice so inefficient that Skype VM spam is less likely to be a problem? Then there is the other devious opportunity. I purchase a SkypeOut account, and use it to make call offers to PSTN phone numbers using an automated Skype.

Enhancements to SkypeVM.

Potential to limit VM to buddylist only.
Need for a reputation system

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Tane:

so far i have 3 skype spam messages:
QUOTE:
[4:36:24 PM] global7now says: Hello (USERNAME REMOVED), skype users can get all free international calls by watching videos and earn money at http://www.andhe.com/global.php

2.
[4:42:54 PM] game-best.com says: Hello (USERNAME REMOVED), , compete for cash and prizes in your favorite online games.
http://www.get747.com/allwinner.php

and 3.
[4:44:22 PM] screensaver.com1 says: Hello (USERNAME REMOVED), , I found the really 3D special screensavers at http://www.get747.com/screensaver.php , I tried and installed, yes, they are free!

Hope share above with you, enjoy it!

ITS SUCKS!!!!!!!

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