jul 012013
 

Scheme – set up before firm was purchased by Microsoft – allegedly eased access for US law enforcement agencies Prosecutors in Zhu Yufu’s trial for subversion cited text messages that he sent using Skype. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images Skype, the web-based communications company, reportedly set up a secret programme to make it easier for US surveillance agencies to access customers’ information. The programme, called Project Chess and first revealed by the New York Times on Thursday, was said to have [lees verder]

jul 012013
 

Skype calls’ immunity to police phone tapping threatened Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown. Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown on what law authorities believe is a massive technical loophole in current wiretapping laws, allowing criminals to communicate without fear of being overheard by the police. The European investigation could also help U.S. law enforcement authorities gain access to Internet [lees verder]

jul 012013
 

MUMBAI, India — The terrorists who struck this city last month stunned authorities not only with their use of sophisticated weaponry but also with their comfort with modern technology. The terrorists navigated across the Arabian Sea to Mumbai from Karachi, Pakistan, with the help of a global positioning system handset. While under way, they communicated using a satellite phone with those in Pakistan believed to have coordinated the attacks. They recognized their targets and knew the most direct routes to [lees verder]

dec 072012
 

Skype faces accusations that it handed user data to a private company without a warrant Skype’s privacy credentials took a hit in July over a refusal to comment on whether it could eavesdrop on conversations. Now the Internet chat service is facing another privacy-related backlash—after allegedly handing over user data without a warrant to a private security firm investigating pro-WikiLeaks activists. The explosive details were contained in a report by Dutch investigative journalist Brenno de Winter, published on NU.nl earlier [lees verder]

dec 072012
 

Say goodbye to online service providers protecting the identities of their users. With just a bit of begging, a Texas-based intelligence firm succeeded in convincing Skype to send over sensitive account data pertaining to a teenage WikiLeaks fan. Reports out of Amsterdam this week suggest that Microsoft-owned Skype didn’t wait for a court order or warrant with a judge’s signature before it handed over the personal info of a 16-year-old Dutch boy. The youngster was suspected of being involved in [lees verder]