Most people probably think their Skype communications are safe from prying eyes and ears. After all, Skype says all Skype-to-Skype voice, video, and instant messages are encrypted. Ars Technica and privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani, however, have discovered that Microsoft can decrypt the message contents.
In the Ars Technica article, Dan Goodwin writes that Ars sent four web links, created solely for this test, through Skype and two of them were clicked on from a machine with an IP address belonging to Microsoft.
The takeaway, though, is if you thought Skype messages can't be or aren't tapped, think again.
Read more of Melanie Pinola’s Tech IT Out blog and follow the latest IT news at ITworld. Follow Melanie on Twitter at @melaniepinola. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.