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12.20.13

New ACLU Campaign Warns Against Use of Microsoft’s Skype (Audio/Video/Text Surveillance)

Posted in Microsoft at 3:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Skype is (re)built for multiple listeners, including agents of espionage and dirt-digging

TECHTRIGHTS started the Skype is Spy Campaign shortly after Microsoft bought Skype. Our articles about Skype predate the acquisition and they cover mostly technical issues. Microsoft augmented the list of threats and as we correctly pointed this out at the time, when Microsoft bought Skype it basically gave the NSA easy access to everything, being an exceptionally close ally of the NSA for well over the decade (we covered this half a decade ago).

“With Microsoft, security holes are often there by design, under the guise of “national security” at expense of real security.”Well, the ACLU has launched an anti-NSA campaign and it says “You better watch out, You better not Skype”. In many ways, Skype is worse than anything else one might use because Microsoft went out of its way to facilitate NSA surveillance.

Christopher Soghoian, a notable voice for privacy around the Web, wrote some hours ago: “Presumably, after Microsoft purchased Skype (and started helping the USG [US government]), the NSA didn’t need to spy on Skype’s security team any more.” With Microsoft, security holes are often there by design, under the guise of “national security” at expense of real security.

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