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[liberationtech] Microsoft Accesses Skype Chats

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at gmail.com
Tue May 14 09:04:11 PDT 2013


I understand that the Skype traffic IS encrypted. The problem is that
Skype itself (and now, Microsoft) holds the key, not the conversants..
Best Regards | Cordiales Saludos | Grato,

Andrés L. Pacheco Sanfuentes
<alps at acm.org>
+1 (817) 271-9619


On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM, Eduardo Robles Elvira
<edulix at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM, Pranesh Prakash <pranesh at cis-india.org> wrote:
>>
>> "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."
>>
>>  [1]:
>> <http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Vorsicht-beim-Skypen-Microsoft-liest-mit-1857620.html>
>>  [2]:
>> <http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heise.de%2Fnewsticker%2Fmeldung%2FVorsicht-beim-Skypen-Microsoft-liest-mit-1857620.html>
>
> Hello:
>
> This confirms that the traffic between skype clients is not encrypted
> as it was (supposed to be) before Microsoft acquired skype.
>
> Regards,
>
> --
> Eduardo
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