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[liberationtech] NYT report on Obama admin's wiretap plans

Thomas Smyth thomas.smyth at
Mon Sep 27 14:18:42 PDT 2010

That links to a document from Skype that describes how to get billing
records and other records.  Also, the document explicitly says that
Skype-to-Skype calls and chats don't create billing records, and that Skype
doesn't keep login/logout records. To me it reads almost like a tacit 'up
yours' to whoever is doing the legal spying.

Yes there could be bugs or backdoors in Skype's software, but absent some
incentive for Skype to keep them secret and not patch them (which I can't
fathom) I don't know why they would.  Unless some legislation compels Skype
to create a backdoor, it would seem their interest is in keeping things a
secure as possible, right?

On 27 September 2010 17:04, David Dahl <david at> wrote:

> I believe skype is closed source, so you would never know if there is
> a backdoor. I would assume there is.  see
> David
> On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 1:50 PM, Thomas Smyth <thomas.smyth at>
> wrote:
> > Wouldn't tapping Skype-to-Skype calls be tantamount to tapping any SSL
> > encrypted digital communication?  That is, breaking public key
> encryption?
> > Unless that is there is a bug in the Skype client software, which would
> > surely be quickly patched..
> >
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