Later in the day, to underscore his seriousness, the hacker followed up with another email threatening the victim: “You have six hours.” This victim knew her correspondent only as [email protected], but the attacker turned out to be a talented 32-year-old proficient in multiple computer languages.Located in Santa Ana, California, his name was Luis Mijangos.When the victim opened the email, she found sexually explicit photos of herself attached and information that detailed where she worked.Following that were details of her personal life: her husband and her three kids. The demand made this hack different: This computer intrusion was not about money.The webcam is a cherished tool of digital extortionists.
As part of the transition, some legacy Skype platforms—like Skype TV—that rely on older P2P technologies would not be upgraded to the new infrastructure.
“This one client will be cross-platform, covering not just Windows but Linux, mac OS, i OS, and Android.” Ars further ties the arrival of a new, cross-platform Skype client to Microsoft’s recent decision to close an office in London that housed both Skype and Yammer employees.
That is perhaps the most tenuous claim in the post, given that this closing was just one small part of a wider series of layoffs that impacts businesses all over Microsoft. Back in July, I spoke with the person directly responsible for Skype, Microsoft vice president Gurdeep Pall.
He told me that the firm had almost completed a transition to a new back-end architecture that would be backed by new generation clients across multiple platforms.
“A couple of years ago, we started on a massive engineering project to transition Skype to a cloud-based solution,” Pall told me.