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[liberationtech] Skype redux

Griffin Boyce griffinboyce at
Sat Dec 22 00:57:52 PST 2012

I wonder if the same team is still working on skype.

On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM, Christopher Soghoian <chris at>

> Unfortunately, I've not been able to learn anything from my existing
> contacts at Microsoft about Skype. That part of the company seems to be
> continuing their long practice of secrecy regarding surveillance issues.

I wonder if the same team is still working on skype.  If so, once the team
diversifies, it could change how open they are with regards to their
security/surveillance/secrecy issues.

On Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 2:42 AM, Nadim Kobeissi <nadim at> wrote:

> Skype is not only dangerous from a security by policy perspective, but is
> also dangerous from a security by design perspective — whereas they promise
> that conversations are encrypted, due to their closed-source nature this
> encryption cannot be studied or verified.

Skype is the perfect storm of terrible security by policy, closed source,
documented vulnerabilities, and a large dependent userbase.  Going open
source doesn't solve everything, but it's a great start.


"What do you think Indians are supposed to look like?
What's the real difference between an eagle feather fan
and a pink necktie? Not much."
~Sherman Alexie

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