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    Russian hacker Efim Bushmanov has claimed that he has reverse-engineered the well-protected source code of the popular Skype software application that allows users to make voice and video calls over the Internet.

    Russian hacker Efim Bushmanov has claimed that he has reverse-engineered the well-protected source code of the popular Skype software application that allows users to make voice and video calls over the Internet.

    "My aim is to make Skype open source. And find friends who can spend many hours for completely reverse it," Bushmanov wrote in his blog.

    Bushmanov is using a recently created Blogspot account in Google to publish the results of his "research."

    A Russian expert from the ESET IT security company said that the data published by Bushmanov was the most comprehensive to be ever revealed to the public.

    "Preliminary analysis indicates that a lot of stuff [published by Bushmanov] resembles the actual Skype protocol, but it will take a long time to confirm its authenticity," Alexander Morozov said.

    The expert also said that the data on Skype protocol could be potentially used to create malicious software for "eavesdropping" on conversations over Skype.

    Skype, which is now part of Microsoft, has not confirmed the claim, but immediately condemned the hacker's actions.

    "It is a violation of our intellectual property rights. We will take all necessary measures to stop these attempts to disrupt our work," a Skype spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    The announcement by the Russian hacker comes in a wake of recent cyberattacks on the Sony network, which forced the Japanese company to shut down its PlayStation Network and other services for almost a month.

    Hackers stole data from more than 77 million accounts on PlayStation Network, severely compromising its security systems' credibility.

    MOSCOW, June 3 (RIA Novosti)

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