Encrypted or not, Skype communications prove “vital” to NSA surveillance | Ars Technica

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Summary:

Now comes word that the National Security Agency is also able to work around Skype crypto—so much so that analysts have deemed the Microsoft-owned service "vital" to a key surveillance regimen known as PRISM. FURTHER READING Think your Skype messages get end-to-end encryption? Think again "PRISM has a new collection capability: Skype stored communications," a previously confidential NSA memo from 2013 declared. "Skype stored communications will contain unique data which is not collected via normal real-time surveillance collection." The data includes buddy lists, credit card information, call records, user account data, and "other material" that is of value to the NSA's special source operations.

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http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/05/encrypted-or-not-skype-communications-prove-vital-to-nsa-surveillance/

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Authors:

Dan Goodin

Date tagged:

05/14/2014, 14:10

Date published:

05/13/2014, 09:01