Posts tagged with 'Surveillance'

Make sure to undress when using Skype

  • Posted on November 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Communication is a basic need. This is why phone companies are in the best position to charge whatever they want and why others always try to cheat (others being other companies and clients of phone companies alike). Tapping phone lines is a basic need, too. Ever since people had communications, someone else was trying to eavesdrop. This tradition has been proudly continued with Internet technology. The sad part is that most of us are not aware of this.

Skype is a popular communication tool. It is being used for instant messaging, audio and video calls. At the same time it is a popular surveillance tool. It has been used for locating users way before Microsoft changed the network topology by hosting all Skype servers. Surveillance is the crucial point here. Of course only the “legitimate” cases are published in the media. You may feel safe, but mentioning the words “pork”, “cloud” or “Mexico” may get you on the target list. That could be all it takes, and there are a lot of cases that will never be discussed in public, because of matters of national security.

So if you use Skype or similar services, always bear in mind that you speak and chat in the middle of a public space completely naked. Once you start a communication, you have no privacy any more. There should be no surprise, even for the Web 2.0 generation. All communication services in the US are subject to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). CALEA was born in 1994, long before Skype. Which doesn’t matter since someone had sufficient foresight to ensure surveillance even today. Have fun with your naked phone calls!