Skype forming connections to myriad PCs on Internet

Giganews Newsgroups
Subject: Skype forming connections to myriad PCs on Internet
Posted by:  camper.hap…
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009

Hi all,

I downloaded and installed Skype. Before I ran it for the first time,
I ran "netstat -b" to learn what connections had been made
to/from my PC, which is running XP SP3. The list was very minimal.

After I run Skype, the list of connection ballooned
to include a large number of PCs, many of them
seemingly home PCs.

So, I changed the settings in Skype to prevent
people who are not in my Contact List from trying
to SMS me or make video calls. I thought that
would fix things.

While the list was greatly shortened, it is by no means
without questionable connections. Here's a combined list
of the various connections I discovered since imposing
privacy restrictions.

Key point: There is no one on my contact list who is a user of
AOL or Optonline or RoadRunner.

  TCP    mypc:3994
  TCP    mypc:4030
16323  TIME_WAIT      0
  TCP    mypc:4050
  TCP    mypc:4054
TIME_WAIT      0
  TCP    mypc:4056          Wireless_Broadband_Router.home:2555
TIME_WAIT      0
  TCP    mypc:4061          Wireless_Broadband_Router.home:2555
TIME_WAIT      0
  TCP    mypc:4100
64776  ESTABLISHED    3704
  TCP    mypc:4104    ESTABLISHED
  TCP    mypc:4112          Wireless_Broadband_Router.home:2555

Can anyone explain if this is a known Skype problem and if so,
what's the cause?