Skype users spyed by Russian Security Agencies

Skype is becoming a new tool for the security agencies to spy on the users.Few days ago,a report came from China about the users privacy getting compromised.Same is getting repeated elsewhere,and this time its Russia.Moscow Times has reported about the Skype spying tactic used by Security agencies .

Ilya Sachkov, general director of the Group-IB computer security firm, said Russian security services have been able not only to eavesdrop on communications over Skype, but also to determine users’ locations “for a couple of years now,”. Thats why they avoid  skype for work related discussions.

According to Peak Systems head Maxim Amm, when Microsoft bought Skype in May 2011, it fitted it out with a special technology for legal eavesdropping of online communications. The technology involved switching users to a special mode in which their messages are encrypted on a server where security agencies can decipher and read messages and voice conversations,which was not possible in original Skype.

Another industry expert said that Microsoft provides monitoring capabilities for all secret services worldwide, not only Russian ones.

Such claims by Russian security experts questions Microsoft’s privacy security of its users.

Source:- The Moscow Times