A Russian language newspaper claims that the Russian government can spy on Skype conversations, and has had that ability for years.
The paper, Vedomosti Skype traditionally has used peer-to-peer 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard between hosts without a central server. But with the purchase of the server by Microsoft, it is now possible to set up a central server that stores the keys and thus allow a third party to access the encrypted conversation. The executive director of payments provider Peak Systems, Maxim Emm, told the newspaper that Microsoft has provided this service to be used for legitimate wiretapping around the world.Read More
Described as the first ever "wiretap Trojan," a new virus that can eavesdrop on calls made with the popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service Skype is raising concerns about the the security of personal computer-driven telecommunications and the prevalence of surveillance in the ecosystem of this increasingly popular technology.Read More