Tag Archives: Skype

Social Media CyberWatch – May/June 2013

This Social Media CyberWatch outlines privacy law developments, online service provider relationships with the NSA PRISM program, and Facebook privacy news.

Skype responds: What does Skype’s architecture do?

Source: Skype blog

In the last few days we have seen reports in the media we believe are inaccurate and could mislead the Skype community about our approach to user security and privacy.

Skype makes chats and user data more available to police

Source: Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post

Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats available to police.

Fake Skype encryption software serves up Syrian-based Trojan

Source: Nart Villeneuve, Trend Micro

As the conflict in Syria persists, the Internet continues to play an interesting role.

The ‘hacktivists’ of Telecomix lend a hand to the Arab Spring

Source: The Washington Post

On a rainy November morning in Northern Virginia, at a cafe where elderly women are meeting for pastries, Andrew Lewis is hacking into one of the most tightly controlled police states in the Middle East.

Skype for iPhone makes stealing address books a snap

Source: The Register

If you use Skype on an iPhone or iPod touch, Phil Purviance can steal your device’s address book simply by sending you a chat message.

Mideast Uses Western Tools to Battle the Skype Rebellion

“When young dissidents in Egypt were organizing an election-monitoring project last fall, they discussed their plans over Skype, the popular Internet phone service, believing it to be secure.

Skype, which Microsoft Corp. is acquiring for $8.5 billion, is best known as a cheap way to make international phone calls. But the Luxembourg-based service also is the communications tool of choice for dissidents around the world because its powerful encryption technology evades traditional wiretaps

But someone else was listening in—Egypt’s security service.

The Journal investigates the business of censorship and the use of Western technology by governments facing social unrest.”

For the full original article, see here

The Dark Side Of The Internet Revolution

“Skype has been attacked because of its apparent lack of security. Eric Doyle thinks there are legal dark forces that are far more threatening

Skype has come under attack from privacy advocates for making it easy to find the true identities hidden behind users’ screen names.”

From eWeek

China makes Skype illegal

“In the latest move dashing Western internet company hopes of breaking into China, it was announced that all internet phone calls were to be banned apart from those made over two state-owned networks, China Unicom and China Telecom.”

From The Telegraph