Secret services were allowed to listen to Skype

Спецслужбам разрешили прослушивать Skype

The Russian security services have the opportunity to keep track of conversations in to Skype. This is related by several participants in the information security market, writes Vedomosti.

General Director of Group-IB Ilya Sachkov said that intelligence agencies "for a couple of years" can not only listen, but also to determine the user's location Skype. "That's why our employees, for example, it is forbidden to communicate in work items in Skype", - says the net.

However, monetization policy has added a banner that hangs on almost every chat window Skype.

It was would be so nazoylovo if the banner does not appear in voremya video call to full screen.

After Microsoft in May 2011 acquired Skype, Skype client she provided Lawful Intercept technology, says the executive director of Peak Systems Maksim Emm. Now, any subscriber can be switched to a special mode in which encryption keys which were generated earlier on the local computer or phone, will be generated on the server.

Having access to the server, you can listen to the conversation or read the correspondence. Microsoft provides a way to use this technology, intelligence agencies around the world, including Russia, the expert explains.

According to two experts in information security, access to correspondence and conversations in Skype Russian secret services do not always receive the court decision - sometimes it happens "only on request". Assume that Skype is listening to Russian law enforcement insurmountable problem, it is impossible to confirm police officer.

Officials from the Interior Ministry and the FSB refused to comment. Also received representatives of Microsoft. Earlier the head of Microsoft Russia, Nikolai Pryanishnikov said that Microsoft may disclose the source code of Skype Federal Security Service. By itself, the code would not allow intelligence agencies to listen to conversations, but with the help of its secret services could easily find a way to "decrypt" the information.

Just the other day it became known that in the Chinese version of Skype has a special mechanism to monitor user actions. Scientist Jeffrey Nokel from the University of New Mexico found that in the Chinese distribution Skype embedded keylogger - a special program that fixes the user's actions on the keyboard. It checks the text for the content of unwanted words and sends the collected logs "where to apply". Nokel even made a list of unwanted words: Tiananmen (Square where in 1989 protests were suppressed), Human Rights Watch, "Reporters Without Borders", BBC News, and others.