Video chat backdoor
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In any event, because of Skype's peer-to-peer architecture and encryption techniques, Skype would not be able to comply with such a request." CNET asked Microsoft Wednesday morning whether that statement was still correct. It's possible for companies to create communications systems using strong end-to-end encryption believed to be proof against government snoops.
One document quoted by the newspaper says intelligence analysts began to be able to monitor Skype video calls in July 2012: "The audio portions of these sessions have been processed correctly all along, but without the accompanying video.
Now, analysts will have the complete 'picture.'" This is a dramatic change from Skype's previous apparent resistance to eavesdropping.
Skype now has a backdoor that permits government surveillance of users' video and audio calls, according to a new report in the Guardian.
The report, based on leaked slides from the National Security Agency, appears to confirm growing suspicions about the popular video chat service -- and indicates calls may be monitored as easily as an old-fashioned phone call.