German cops endorse my VOIP choice

November 27, 2007 at 9:28 pm 5 comments

I installed Skype a long time back and have never thought too much about my VOIP choice. Free/cheap calls with good quality voice and a steadily growing list of features have kept things ticking along nicely.

Sure, there have been growing reports over concerns with VOIP security but nothing too big to disturb my complacency.

Now comes reports of German police confirming the strength of Skype’s encryption. They have been quoted as saying that “The encryption with Skype telephone software… creates grave difficulties for us… We can’t decipher it.”

Even more comforting is the fact that the German police have no intention of asking Skype to create back doors or hand over encryption keys. They believe that Skype wouldn’t cooperate.

Given the German police’s somewhat extreme plans for using Trojans to conduct covert surveillance of hard drives, dubbed Stasi 2.0, this is probably the highest level of endorsement Skype can get.

However, as The Register points out, encryption doesn’t mean absolute confidentiality or anonymity. For example, there are reports of a fugitive chief exec tracked down to Sri Lanka after a Skype call.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. drugs  |  November 27, 2007 at 10:35 pm

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  • 2. kraiger22 » German cops endorse my VOIP choice  |  November 28, 2007 at 12:15 am

    […] Check it out! While looking through the blogosphere we stumbled on an interesting post today.Here’s a quick excerptI installed Skype a long time back and have never thought too much about my VOIP choice. Free/cheap calls with good quality voice and a steadily growing list of features have kept things ticking along nicely. … […]

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  • 3. Vikram  |  November 28, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Thanks! You’ve just made my day!

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  • 4. Website Promotion  |  December 2, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    is the skype an open source product?

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  • 5. Vikram  |  December 3, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Skype is not open source, at least not at the moment as far as I know.
    You might find some interesting things at https://developer.skype.com/

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