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Microsoft Adds Signal Protocol End-to-End Encryption to Skype

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-01-12 10:41:45
Security

Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption [arstechnica.com]

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 [microsoft.com] now supports the Signal protocol [signal.org]: 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 [theregister.co.uk], The Verge [theverge.com], and Wired [wired.com].


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