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[liberationtech] Microsoft Accesses Skype Chats

Jon Camfield jon at openinternetproject.org
Mon May 20 12:11:09 PDT 2013


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On 05/18/2013 06:43 AM, Rich Kulawiec wrote:
> First: thanks for the followup/information/analysis.  Most
> helpful.

To follow up on what I'd mentioned as possible further things to test,
yes it does follow redirects (but sadly does not follow looped
redirects), and yes it follows things that the skype client has
determined are links (generally anything that starts with www..., not
just http...).

Interestingly, Firefox, on hitting my redirect-loop, bounced back and
forth for a bit before giving up, the MS scan only hit the URLs once.
 Is this because it's coded to detect loops, or is it only scanning
links once per some timeframe?

> Second:
[great walk-through of why this summary below is accurate snipped]
> 
> Bottom line: either Microsoft is telling the truth, in which case
> this was a hopelessly inept and ridiculously ineffective "malware
> scanning" exercise, or they're lying and just threw this fabricated
> story against the wall to see if it would stick.  My money's on the
> latter: I think they're evil, not stupid.

I agree -- not sure I'd go straight to "evil," but I find it too far
of a stretch for the current explanation to hold.


> ---rsk
> 

Jon


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