Slashdot | Why Does Skype Read the BIOS?
“Myria at pagetable.com, among others, noticed that Skype reads the machine’s BIOS code on startup. This probably would’ve gone unnoticed if the operation didn’t fail on 64-bit windows. From the post: ‘It’s dumping your system BIOS, which usually includes your motherboard’s serial number, and pipes it to the Skype application. I have no idea what they’re using it for, or whether they send anything to their servers, but I bet whatever they’re doing is no good given their track record… If they hadn’t been ignorant of Win64’s lack of NTVDM, nobody would’ve noticed this happening.’”
I have never been a fan of skype, evern since I noticed skype related things happening on my computer when I had skype turned off. But most people laughed at me… well some were laughing about other things and I just took it as read. Anyway… I don’t say skype is evil, because I didn’t do any of these tests, but if someone wants to confirm that fact and assert it publicly, I’d not be shocked.