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15 May 2013 11:14

Who exchanges via Skype chat messages has followers. The terms and conditions of the Microsoft daughter to leave it to identify spam and phishing links.

Reads Skype chat messages? One user had the news ticker noted that the sent in Skype chat https URLs after a short time, called by one IP address from Redmond, headquarters of Microsoft in the U.S. state of Washington were.

Heise Security staff then tested the process itself: They sent each other https URLs and found that after a short time actually server logs the IP address of Microsoft at them published. In such https URLs are encrypted websites, which often contain confidential information.



Users can oppose little of this kind of monitoring, they have finally accepted the terms of use when logging in to their accounts. It says:

“Skype uses appropriate within instant messages and SMS automated scanning for the determination of (a) presumptive spam and / or (b) URLs that have already been identified as spam, fraud or phishing links.”

demand of Heise Security Skype pointed to exactly this extract from the privacy policy. Skype scan the news only to filter out spam and links to phishing sites. However, such spam sites usually do not hide behind https URLs.

discussion about data security on Skype was sparked after the acquisition by Microsoft in October 2011. Civil rights activists feared at that time that the company was originally founded by a Swedish-Danish business team, will henceforth bow to U.S. wiretapping laws.

January 2013 including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and reporter had questioned the security of communication without borders again in an open letter.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek in early March this year, had criticized the Chinese version of Skype for the monitoring of politically sensitive words and phrases. Mircosoft is thereby accused of 96 million Chinese Skype accounts to scan using a special tool.

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