Hackers Taunt Skype: ‘Stop Spying on People!’

The publicity-minded Syrian Electronic Army on Wednesday targeted the public faces of Skype, posting antisurveillance messages to the video-chat service’s blog and to its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

On Skype’s Twitter account, for instance, this message appeared: “Stop spying on people! via Syrian Electronic Army.” That tweet, noted quickly by The Next Web, was removed within an hour, but a record of it lingered a bit longer on Skype’s Web site. (We’ve posted a screenshot below.)

The Skype blog carried a similar headline: “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!”

Like other widely used Internet communications services, Microsoft-owned Skype has been swept up in the surveillance controversy unleashed in mid-2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Leaked slides from the US National Security Agency reportedly have revealed that Skype has installed a “back door” that enables monitoring by governments of Skype video and audio calls, and officials in Luxembourg, where Skype is based, are said to be investigating whether Skype has shared information on its Luxembourgian users with the NSA.

via Hackers taunt Skype: ‘Stop spying on people!’ | Microsoft – CNET News.

———————————————-

Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare | www.jlcw.org The Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare provides a public peer-reviewed law publication to foster open discussion and education of technology, government and legal stakeholder in relation to the complex issue of cyber warfare.  Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare accepts articles written by military, technology, judges, government officials, academic and legal practitioners.  The Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare provides a public peer-reviewed law publication to foster open discussion and education of technology, government and legal stakeholder in relation to the complex issue of cyber warfare.  Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare accepts articles written by military, technology, judges, government officials, academic and legal practitioners. The Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare is honored by the world class caliber editorial board that is involved with the Journal. Thought leaders from forensics, law, warfare, and cyber security are on the Board. The Journal is always looking for interested thought leaders who believe they can contribute in a meaningful fashion to the development of cyber warfare scholarship.