Oh, those crazy Germans
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 08:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register. They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched. They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns that without Skype opening up the source code, we can have no idea how secure the AES used by Skype is. They also repeated the belief that Skype has the keys to decrypt conversations, which Skype has denied.
Free software that doesn't guarantee anonymity, who woulda thunk it?
"German cops are pushing ahead with controversial plans, yet to be legally approved, to develop "remote forensic
software" - in other words, a law enforcement Trojan.
Leaked documents outline proposals by German firm Digitask to develop software to intercept Skype VoIP communications and
SSL transmissions. A second leaked document from the Bavarian Ministry of Justice outlines costing and licensing
proposals for the software. Both scanned documents (in German, natch) have found their way onto the net after being
submitted to Wikileaks."
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