Posted by: Third Tone Devil | 2 October 2008

New York Times on Skype’s filtering

Today’s New York Times has a story about a report by Citizen Lab, an Internet research group at the University of Toronto. The gist of the report is that Chinese authorities filter Skype text (not voice) conversations for unwanted words, which at the moment include “milk powder.” This in itself does not seem surprising, but the news is that in this instance the hacktivists were able to download records of the surveillance from eight computers in China, which were unprotected, and found that these contained “millions of messages” that identified users. Skype has previously denied that conversations were subject to filtering, and this time said that they have alerted their partner in China, Tom Online, to the “security issue.”

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