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posted by Fnord666 on Friday January 12, @04:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the in-band-signaling dept.

Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption

Since its inception, Skype has been notable for its secretive, proprietary algorithm. It's also long had a complicated relationship with encryption: encryption is used by the Skype protocol, but the service has never been clear exactly how that encryption was implemented or exactly which privacy and security features it offers.

That changes today in a big way. The newest Skype preview now supports the Signal protocol: the end-to-end encrypted protocol already used by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Allo, and, of course, Signal. Skype Private Conversations will support text, audio calls, and file transfers, with end-to-end encryption that Microsoft, Signal, and, it's believed, law enforcement agencies cannot eavesdrop on.

Presently, Private Conversations are only available in the Insider builds of Skype.

Also at The Register, The Verge, and Wired.


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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @07:17PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @07:17PM (#621496)
    Took them so long time to figure out how to do end-to-end encryption with a backdoor? ;)

    My guess is the only time it was hard to spy on Skype conversations was before Microsoft bought it (for 8 billion IIRC).

    I remember the original Skype was reasonably P2P in most cases. When I sent a message and the person wasn't online, the message would actually be queued up on my computer and only sent when both of us were on line.

    But after Microsoft bought it, there was no such queuing - the messages went to Microsoft's servers... That was the end of harder to eavesdrop on P2P messaging on Skype.
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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @07:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @07:54PM (#621518)

    yup. you probabyl remember the day it went down when that all happened