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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-08-11 03:49 AM
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Wall Street Journal discusses security issuues involving dissidents' use of Skype
This from the WSJ. The thing is, this at bottom refers to security breaches in general caused by spyware, trojans, etc., which affect not only Skype users. Skype itself apparently remains relatively secure, with the exception of versions with built-in backdoors, such as China's, and such as, one would assume, Microsoft's Skype will soon become. Does the WSJ have an agenda here?

When young dissidents in Egypt were organizing an election-monitoring project last fall, they discussed their plans over Skype, the popular Internet phone service, believing it to be secure.

But someone else was listening inEgypt's security service


Skype, which Microsoft Corp. is acquiring for $8.5 billion, is best known as a cheap way to make international phone calls. But the Luxembourg-based service also is the communications tool of choice for dissidents around the world because its powerful encryption technology evades traditional wiretaps.


A cottage industry of U.S. and other companies is now designing and selling tools that can be used to block or eavesdrop on Skype conversations. One technique: Using special "spyware," or software that intercepts an audio stream from a computerthereby hearing what's being said and effectively bypassing Skype's encryption

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