We have become accustomed to total surveillance and many of us are not even paying attention to the fact that every step is followed by a smartphone or Facebook. However, a big surprise may be the fact that Microsoft reads everything we write via Skype.
Heise Security, a German network security firm, has discovered that one of Microsoft’s branches archives everything the users write. This was proven in practice by sending a URL via the communicator, and soon afterward, this address recorded an unannounced visit from the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond.
Tests were made after one of the Internet users had notified Heise Security of strange traffic on his network connected to the conversation via Skype. The Association then made a test by sending two test URLs – one containing log information and the other pointing to a private file exchange service running in the cloud. A few hours after the message was sent by Skype, another server log was observed:
184.108.40.206 – – 30 / Apr / 2013: 19: 28: 32 +0200
“HEAD / …/?User = tbtest & password = geheim HTTP / 1.1 ”
On each of the addresses we observed an IP visit registered to Microsoft.
The Skype spokesperson asked the whole situation to send the interested parties to the messenger’s messenger, with particular emphasis on the point of automatic scanning of messages or SMS to identify spam or URLs previously flagged as spam, scams or phishing. However, this translation is unreliable, especially with spam or phishing websites, rather than staying at secure HTTPS addresses.
It is not the first time Skype charges of spying on Skype users have emerged after Microsoft took over this popular messenger. In January of this year, a civilian group of organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Reporters Without Borders sent an open letter to the group that questioned the security of the communicator after it was taken over by the Redmond giant.
The letter expresses concern that the acquisition of the messenger may mean that the US government has been given permission to eavesdrop on users and that government agencies and secret services will have access to all ongoing communications. It seems that the fears have come true, all the more so as Microsoft will certainly not reveal what it really is doing with the information it collects.…