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[liberationtech] Microsoft Accesses Skype Chats

Pranesh Prakash pranesh at
Tue May 14 08:44:19 PDT 2013

Heise Security is reporting that Microsoft accesses links sent over 
Skype chat.[1]

Here is the /. lede:

"A Microsoft server accesses URLs sent in Skype chat messages, even if 
they are HTTPS URLs and contain account information. A reader of Heise 
publications notified Heise Security (link to German website, Google 
translation[2]). They replicated the observation by sending links via 
Skype, including one to a private file storage account, and found that 
these URLs are shortly after accessed from a Microsoft IP address. When 
confronted, Microsoft claimed that this is part of an effort to detect 
and filter spam and fishing URLs."


~ Pranesh

Pranesh Prakash
Policy Director
Centre for Internet and Society
T: +91 80 40926283 | W:
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