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Questions arise on Skype snooping

NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian researcher has discovered that a Chinese version of eBay Inc.’s Skype communications software snoops on text chats that contain certain keywords, including “democracy.”

Skype, the Hong Kong version of which is seen, is difficult to wiretap, but security questions are being raised.

Skype, the Hong Kong version of which is seen, is difficult to wiretap, but security questions are being raised.

The revelation is not only of interest to rights groups that monitor Internet censorship. The discovery also likely intrigues law enforcement and intelligence agencies in other countries, because they have been bothered by the growing use of Skype, which claims 338 million users across the world.

By its very nature, Skype is difficult to wiretap. Skype routes calls and chats between computers over the Internet, avoiding traditional phone networks. And the contents are supposedly encrypted, raising concerns in law enforcement that Skype could let criminals communicate without fear of eavesdropping.

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October 3, 2008 - Posted by | eavesdrop, encryption, English, espionage, illegal, privacy, security, spy, surveillance, technology, text message

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