Sunday, July 14, 2013

Report: Microsoft Helped the NSA Spy on Hotmail, Skype and Outlook

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Microsoft has been collaborating with the National Security Agency for its Internet surveillance program PRISM, according to a new report in The Guardian.

Despite Microsoft's complaints that it can't be more transparent about government requests, the revelations in The Guardian assert that the software company has helped United States intelligence agencies intercept web chats and emails on and Hotmail, as well as Skype phone and video conversations. The report in The Guardian comes from more secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

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Skype started integration within PRISM in November 2010, but apparently, the VoIP service wasn't served with a directive from the attorney general compelling it to comply until Feb. 4, 2011.

"Collaborative teamwork was the key to the successful addition of another provider to the Prism system," boasted a document that The Guardian has not yet released.

The document reportedly added that video interception has been possible since July 14, 2012. "The audio portions of these sessions have been processed correctly all along, but without the accompanying video," The Guardian reported that the document read. "Now, analysts will have the complete 'picture.'"

Read more: Mashable
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