Not to diminish your arguments, and they are valid (And something to be concerned and vigilant about), but as someone who actually knows people in the NSA and CIA I'll tell you now that there are simply too many people making too many communications and too few of them to watch those communications. They ARE being specific about what they are looking for, not because they want to single people out, but because the volume of data is insane. If you don't have a record with the police, you don't have a history of being a terrorist, they don't care one bit. If you DO have a record with the police but not as a terrorist, they have to have a warrant. Even with the dense Patriot Act, they still find it really hard to tap lines on "normal people" without a LOT of oversight.
As I said before: that doesn't mean it won't change, that doesn't mean don't be worried about it... but it does mean that perhaps we don't need to stop talking to each other for fear that our conversation with Grandma is being overheard.
I simply wish to make the public aware they are being recorded and "can" be watched in the future.... SkypeKit is coming out to tie every app into Skype, all of which can be recorded and monitored. Skype hasnt been secure for years:
"Lol, here is skype's RC4 - someone leaked it a few hours ago and I
managed to snag it before it got taken down.
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The scary part is it is now approved for use in Congress.... if the US feds can listen in, so can anyone else. When are they going to get that designing Windows/Apps to be unsecure/have backdoors is a bad idea!
yeah, yeah, whatever. Actually, I also heard about this software before. It was used by the military to intercept, monitor, and record communications between bugs bunny and some lifeforms from a galaxy 1 billion light years away.
in short, a scam.
It has been possible to record Skype audio and video calls for years -- I doubt anyone disagrees
the question is the manner in which this is done -- it's not currently possible for a third-party to do it (this implies a third machine somewhere between the endpoints)
btw, having the source code to Skype's RC4 implementation does not necessarily make it insecure -- it only makes it easier to spot weaknesses (assuming they even exist)
Primemover I suggest you do some research before posting in the future as you clearly are an xxxxxx who verifies nothing before spouting xx.
"BRAND NEW!!!!! PORTABLE SKYPE INTERCEPTOR" is in an email sent to HBGary Federal, a US. Govt. contractor that was hacked by a 16 year old girl from the hacker collective Anonymous. The emails are real, congress is investigating much of the data disclosed in those emails. And that skype interceptor was a sales advertisement from shieldsecurity.org, a real company that still specializes in data monitoring/cell/voip interception. View their website xxxxx.
Thanks for the information, Oaksys. I also run a quick search regarding the said address and was able to find articles, forum discussions, etc, relating 2nd Floor 145-157 St John Street to a number of obvious scams.