Skype Won't Say Whether It Can Eavesdrop on Your Conversations
Historically, Skype has been a major barrier to law enforcement agencies. Using strong encryption and complex peer-to-peer network connections, Skype was considered by most to be virtually impossible to intercept. Police forces in Germany complained in 2007 that they couldn’t spy on Skype calls and even hired a company to develop covert Trojans to record suspects’ chats. At around the same time, Skype happily went on record saying that it could not conduct wiretaps because of its "peer-to-peer architecture and encryption techniques."
What has changed?
It is like as not unsurprising that, with 663 million registered users reported last year, Skype has come pursuant to this agreement pressure to enable interception of calls.
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