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Skype accused of making "call snooping easier"

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By Shona Ghosh

Posted on 21 Jun 2013 at 11:31

Skype has been accused of setting up a secret, internal project exploring how to let intelligence agencies monitor VoIP calls while staying within the bounds of the law.

Just a handful of employees were aware of the program, known as Project Chess, which was set up years before Microsoft bought the company for $8.5 billion in 2011, according to sources speaking to the New York Times.

If true, the allegations mean that Skype was already looking at ways to listen in on users' calls long before the controversial National Security Agency data-collection program, Prism, was in place.

Slides released by former CIA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden showed Skype allegedly joined Prism in February 2011. But according to the sources, Project Chess actually began about five years ago.

However, it isn't clear what exactly Project Chess allowed Skype or intelligence agencies to monitor. Skype would not comment on the allegations.

Fuel to the fire

Skype and Microsoft have faced multiple snooping accusations over the last few years. Skype was accused last year of altering its architecture to give agencies better access to its users’ communications at Microsoft’s behest, which it denied.

The firm moved its "supernodes" - directories which find the correct recipient for calls - into Microsoft's data centres last year. It was speculated that this would give intelligence agencies easier access to call data.

"Our position has always been that when a law enforcement entity follows the appropriate procedures, we respond where legally required and technically feasible," said Skype at the time.

The company said its architectural changes under Microsoft did not "provide for monitoring or recording of calls".

But according to the New York Times, Skype had already worked out how to co-operate with intelligence agencies some months before the Microsoft acquisition.

Shortly after the deal, Microsoft applied for a patent that would allow it to intercept VoIP calls, fuelling the spying rumours.

And earlier this year, the company re-engineered Skype's supernodes so that voice data began to pass through monitored servers, making calls less secure and easier to wiretap. Research by Ars Technica last year suggested Microsoft was potentially decrypting and reading instant messages itself.

It's already possible for Microsoft to allow third parties to intercept Skype. Researchers at the University of New Mexico found the tweaked version of Skype available in China allows the Chinese government to search for censored words or phrases within instant messages and copy the chats. Microsoft even describes the tinkered software as a version of Skype that "follows Chinese regulations".

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Skype... "PRISM"..!?

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I have Skype version (6.1.0.129) and decided to delete multiple contacts which i haven't used for many years.



After going to contacts on the task bar, and hitting the Contact list option, at the bottom of the drop down box, the option to delete your list of contacts... is "GREY'D OUT"..?! Clearly this means i do not, and have no options to delete my contacts..?!



Why is this..? ...and how do i delete my conacts from the desktop Skype Browser..?! You can't even access your contacts on your online account for you to delete via this option..?! WTF MAN...
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Can you attach a screenshot?



Select / Highlight the contact you want to delete then press the DEL key. What happens?



Please note that, you can't delete MSN / Facebook contact within Skype application.
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Also: Any reason why you are not using the latest Skype 6.5 for Windows from www.skype.com/go/download ?

You can delete Messenger contacts there now.
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I am unable to do a screenshot of the drop down box, as this is where i have the "supposed" option to delete multiple contacts..! This meaning all my contacts.



Also, the contact lists are my personal address books, imported via Microsoft Outlook or similar. Why don't i have the option to just delete all contacts at all, never mind individually. This, when Skype clearly give the option for you to delete all contacts, no matter what version your using; but has decided to "Grey Out" the option for you to do it.. Why make it "Intricate" for users to delete their personal Contacts..?
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Why..? Whats your point..?



The option to delete all my contacts at once if i choose should be there for me to do it in the first place..? After downloading the latest version on another pc, its the same..!



What Gives Man..?
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Why am I still waiting for an an answer..? Why don't I receive any emails when I get replies..? Why are you stealing my address books..?

By klantee on 29 Jun 2013

Skype... "PRISM"..!?

klantee
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klantee
Posts: 4
Registered: 2 weeks ago
CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
[ Edited ]
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2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

I have Skype version (6.1.0.129) and decided to delete multiple contacts which i haven't used for many years.



After going to contacts on the task bar, and hitting the Contact list option, at the bottom of the drop down box, the option to delete your list of contacts... is "GREY'D OUT"..?! Clearly this means i do not, and have no options to delete my contacts..?!



Why is this..? ...and how do i delete my conacts from the desktop Skype Browser..?! You can't even access your contacts on your online account for you to delete via this option..?! WTF MAN...
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2 weeks ago

Can you attach a screenshot?



Select / Highlight the contact you want to delete then press the DEL key. What happens?



Please note that, you can't delete MSN / Facebook contact within Skype application.
Regards,
Tamim
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Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
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2 weeks ago
Also: Any reason why you are not using the latest Skype 6.5 for Windows from www.skype.com/go/download ?

You can delete Messenger contacts there now.
Skype-Kundendienst (Deutsch) || Customer Service (English) || Follow us @SkypeSupport
I recommend to download the latest Skype and search first.
To get the most out of Skype I recommend Skype Premium.
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I am unable to do a screenshot of the drop down box, as this is where i have the "supposed" option to delete multiple contacts..! This meaning all my contacts.



Also, the contact lists are my personal address books, imported via Microsoft Outlook or similar. Why don't i have the option to just delete all contacts at all, never mind individually. This, when Skype clearly give the option for you to delete all contacts, no matter what version your using; but has decided to "Grey Out" the option for you to do it.. Why make it "Intricate" for users to delete their personal Contacts..?
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Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
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Why..? Whats your point..?



The option to delete all my contacts at once if i choose should be there for me to do it in the first place..? After downloading the latest version on another pc, its the same..!



What Gives Man..?
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klantee
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Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
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Why am I still waiting for an an answer..? Why don't I receive any emails when I get replies..? Why are you stealing my address books..?

By klantee on 29 Jun 2013

Skype... "PRISM"..!?

klantee
Novel Adventurer
klantee
Posts: 4
Registered: 2 weeks ago
CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
[ Edited ]
Options

2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

I have Skype version (6.1.0.129) and decided to delete multiple contacts which i haven't used for many years.



After going to contacts on the task bar, and hitting the Contact list option, at the bottom of the drop down box, the option to delete your list of contacts... is "GREY'D OUT"..?! Clearly this means i do not, and have no options to delete my contacts..?!



Why is this..? ...and how do i delete my conacts from the desktop Skype Browser..?! You can't even access your contacts on your online account for you to delete via this option..?! WTF MAN...
Message 1 of 6 (90 Views)
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PRISM

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Tamim
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Registered: ‎27-09-2011
Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
Options

2 weeks ago

Can you attach a screenshot?



Select / Highlight the contact you want to delete then press the DEL key. What happens?



Please note that, you can't delete MSN / Facebook contact within Skype application.
Regards,
Tamim
__________________________________________________
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Location - Dhaka | Bangladesh - Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 06:00 hour

If one of my replies has adequately addressed your issue, please click on the “Accept as Solution” button. If you found a post useful then please "Give Kudos" at the bottom of my post, so that this information can benefit others.
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Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
Options

2 weeks ago
Also: Any reason why you are not using the latest Skype 6.5 for Windows from www.skype.com/go/download ?

You can delete Messenger contacts there now.
Skype-Kundendienst (Deutsch) || Customer Service (English) || Follow us @SkypeSupport
I recommend to download the latest Skype and search first.
To get the most out of Skype I recommend Skype Premium.
Join the community birthday celebrations – Submit your video
Found this post useful? Please give Kudos↘. Answered your question? Mark it as a solution to help others, Thanks.
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klantee
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Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
Options

2 weeks ago

I am unable to do a screenshot of the drop down box, as this is where i have the "supposed" option to delete multiple contacts..! This meaning all my contacts.



Also, the contact lists are my personal address books, imported via Microsoft Outlook or similar. Why don't i have the option to just delete all contacts at all, never mind individually. This, when Skype clearly give the option for you to delete all contacts, no matter what version your using; but has decided to "Grey Out" the option for you to do it.. Why make it "Intricate" for users to delete their personal Contacts..?
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klantee
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klantee
Posts: 4
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Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
Options

2 weeks ago

Why..? Whats your point..?



The option to delete all my contacts at once if i choose should be there for me to do it in the first place..? After downloading the latest version on another pc, its the same..!



What Gives Man..?
Message 5 of 6 (54 Views)
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klantee
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klantee
Posts: 4
Registered: 2 weeks ago
Re: CONTACTS DELETE OPTION "GREY'D OUT" Why..?!
Options

2 weeks ago

Why am I still waiting for an an answer..? Why don't I receive any emails when I get replies..? Why are you stealing my address books..?

By klantee on 29 Jun 2013

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