Cool stuff for your procrastination pleasure
Remember back in 2008, when a study reported the chinese Skype users were being spyed on? If you don’t know anything about that, I recommend reading this article at v3.co.uk.
Apparently, Skype users from China who were using TOM-Skype - being TOM the partner this VoIP company has in the country - had even their landline numbers and full content of the messages on the logs collected.
As far as I know, there was no intention from Skype’s end to make this information available to the Chinese government. But then again, who can really say that for sure? We can’t even access Skype’s source code to audit it. This is one of the many problems brought by proprietary software. The code is hidden, so you can’t never be sure that there isn’t a intentional backdoor on it, like it happened with Windows/NSA partnership, if we can call it that, in around 1999.
So, do you still want to use Skype? If yes, please read the article titled “Big brother Microsoft listens in to your Skype IMs”, published on ZDNet by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols and prepared to be scared when you find out that Skype keeps your calls for 30 days, voicemails for 60 days and can keep more information - although they don’t specify which information, so it can be anything as far as one knows.
And now, do you still want to use Skype? If yes, please sign up for one of those shitty reality shows where you expose yourself to the max.