Skype Formed Secret “Project Chess” to Make Chats Available to Governments
In the past year, Skype has repeatedly portrayed its Internet phone call service as a secure way to have conversations that can’t be eavesdropped on. But a string of new details suggest that the opposite is true—and that the company secretly worked to help government spies wiretap Skype calls.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Skype quietly initiated an internal program called “Project Chess” to explore how it could make Skype calls readily available to intelligence agencies and law enforcement officials. The program reportedly began five years ago, before Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011, casting yet more doubt on what now appear to be highly misleading recent statements issued by Microsoft on the subject of Skype’s security. Earlier this month, it was separately revealed by the Washington Postthat in 2011, Skype became part of a National Security Agency spy program called PRISM. The Post, citing leaked…
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