Unfortunately for him, sufficient records have been kept that the location and time that the account was set up can be identified, and also for a number of accesses. This information combined with "CCTV footage and motor vehicle records" allowed the police to put an identity to the suspect, and arrange for his arrest and to start extradition proceedings.
So, if you're planning an extortion, don't drive your car to the internet cafe, don't set up the account from an airport, wear anonymous clothes (like Jason Bourne does?) and do all your accesses through hacked shell accounts somewhere in Outer Mongolia.
But this being Slashdot, everyone knew that already.
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Now Microsoft own the most popular VoIP service out there, and surely plans to make it an integral part of their operations and products going forward. At the same time, one researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses.
In fact, he claims to have already achieved that reverse engineering feat on a new skype-open-source blog. The source code has been posted for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x of Skype as well as details of the rc4 layer arithmetic encoding the service uses.
While his intention may be to recreate Skype as an open source platform, it is doubtful he will get very far without facing an army of Microsoft lawyers. Skype is not an open platform, and Microsoft will want to keep it that way. Posting reverse engineered code online is not going to go down well in Redmond and this is surely a blog that will disappear shortly.
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Yes, there is a Windows version - I use it on a daily basis. It is currently in private alpha, with a public beta release coming (possibly) in June.
I don't really utilize the social aspect of it, but it's nice to manage my feeds in one location rather than on each box in the house.
You don't need to register to add the repositories or download binaries (you can find links to them on the internets) and I haven't received any email from boxee, so I think the registration is purely for managing rss feeds and friends.
This is a beautiful illustration if the Liberal mindset. Rather than trying to raise the poor by eliminating mosquitoes he's trying to equalize everyone by lowering the wealthy.
Liberal mindset? How was he 'lowering the wealthy' by reminding them that when it comes to mosquito-borne illness, they are just as susceptible as the poor? When it comes to malaria, everyone is equal - mosquitoes couldn't care less about your politics or taxable income. As long as you've got blood in your veins, you're susceptible. Bill was just reminding them of that fact.
If you're paranoid and using Windows, you could also back up your profile with MozBackup.