Microsoft Helped NSA Listen to Your Skypes and Read Emails

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In late 2011, Microsoft purchased Skype for $8.5 billion.

Microsoft helped and allowed the NSA to break the encryption that used to keep your Skype calls and messaging, Outlook emails, and SkyDrive information secret.

That’s what Glenn Greenwald and the UK’s The Guardian revealed today in its latest wave of documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

More recently, Microsoft worked with the FBI to expand the reaches of the NSA’s PRISM program into SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage.

The Guardian even asserts that the documents, not fully published but excerpted, contains NSA “boasts” that the Microsoft acquisition of Skype in 2011 (for $8.5 Billion) allowed them to collect triple the amount of Skype video calls.

Microsoft (and therefore also Skype), is a company that emphasizes privacy and security, and yet, under the PRISM program and secretive court mandates, it willingly gave the government the keys to their own backdoor leaving your information unprotected.

The documents reveal that your Skype calls to your mother on her birthday weren’t seen by just the NSA, there was also a large back and forth between the NSA, the FBI and the CIA. The documents reportedly call the collection of your data a “team sport.”

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