Skype calls purportedly being tapped, Skype-based malware spreads


TS Evangelist
In terms of security, privacy and trust, it looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a tough year for Skype. The latest ding against the Microsoft-owned company comes from Reporters Without Borders' online censorship project leader Grégoire Pouget, who...

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TS Rookie
Skype is not some disruptive little P2P rogue anymore, it?s integrated to the Microsoft platform. Folks on some watchlist should not need any ?transparency report? to know that today?s Skype isn?t for them. Compliance with government data demands is how the whole world works today, not just major internet services. Skype is no exception. How much more can it be spelled out?

Instead of being willfully ignorant, EFF types should turn their focus to developing and evangelizing some useful A/V chat platform where the provider (if there is one) has zero data visibility, and then don?t sell it out.

Google started this thing with publishing disclosure stats and a few left-coast companies have jumped aboard, but it?s no major trend and certainly not anything you can just demand.

I get tired of people saying it?s impossible to have online privacy. The Internet is just a communications network and how you use it is up to you. If you spend all day posting to social networks and using cloud services from major corporations, keep in mind that the postcard analogy applies. Please do not bother sending a bunch of letters after the fact demanding to know who possibly has access to which data and under what circumstances.

Not every single thing on the Internet must be done via Google Chrome pointing at some Facebook, Google or Microsoft server. There are such things as protocols besides HTTP. Particularly if you are some sort of dissident or paranoid with need of secure communications, please check out a P2P protocol for encrypted chat, it?s not like there aren?t several decent options. Just be sure whatever you do involves full-on end-to-end encryption. Run your own server. Setup a VPN. Tunnel over SSH. Take your pick. Just do something besides relying on Skype for privacy, please.

People complain about a lack of easy to use alternatives to Skype, but how did the Internet become so dumbed down? Unless some functionality is packaged and delivered as a corporate-owned web application, it seems out of the question. When you rely on corporate web sites to provide all of your services and store all of your data, it?s outside of your control.