March 06, 2006
Hacker opens Skype's Intel DualCore-lock

People interested in hosting teleconferences with more than 5 participants using Skype were up to recently met with a message that an Intel DualCore processor was required.

Charged as a marketing conspiracy by AMD, Intel's primary competitor, a skillful hacker found a way around the block and published a 'patched' version as well as a description of how the limitation has been implemented, allowing any Windows user to host 10-party conferences. (This also shows that the Skype application executable's self-validation has holes)

There is a big discussion of the implications of this hack at Slashdot.

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