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[liberationtech] Microsoft Accesses Skype Chats

Tom Ritter tom at ritter.vg
Tue May 14 11:40:37 PDT 2013


Also, it came about two hours after I sent the link to a friend.

-tom

On 14 May 2013 14:39, Tom Ritter <tom at ritter.vg> wrote:
> Tested it, got the following:
>
> HEAD /this_is_a_test2.html HTTP/1.1 from 65.52.100.214 with no User Agent.
>
> -tom
>
>
>
> On 14 May 2013 11:44, Pranesh Prakash <pranesh at cis-india.org> wrote:
>> 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."
>>
>>  [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>
>>
>> ~ Pranesh
>>
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>> Centre for Internet and Society
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>> PGP ID: 0x1D5C5F07 | Twitter: @pranesh_prakash
>>
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