Skype Hijacked in China; Microsoft OK With That

At Bloomberg Businessweek, Vernon Silver describes the unraveling of encrypted blacklists used to monitor instant messages in the Chinese version of Skype, which is produced as a joint venture between Microsoft and Chinese...

Skype’s Partner Says It Is Legal in China

TOM Group, which partially owns Skype’s operations in China, says that despite a government decree outlawing VoIP services, Skype is still operating legally in the country. From ABC News: The comments from TOM Group, which...

China To Go After Internet Phone Services

AP writes about the reported ban on VoIP services, including Skype, in China: A notice by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on its website this month says it’s working to fight “illegal Internet...

How A Canadian Cracked The Great Firewall Of China

From Globe and Mail: When Nart Villeneuve couldn’t remember the password to his Chinese MySpace page, the industrious Canadian hacker began examining China’s version of Skype, and in the process, unlocked the inner...

Skype’s China Spying Sparks Anger

From Reuters: Savvy Internet users in China began avoiding the version of Skype offered by its Chinese partner two years ago, but news it filtered and recorded text messages has sparked new worries about the global firm’s...

Chinese Snoop on Skype, but Are They Alone?

Taiwan News speculates that other countries may be “Skypetapping” as well. Skype’s 338 million users across the world are difficult to wiretap because calls are supposedly encrypted. While the recent case...

Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China

From New York Times: A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include...

Skype’s Chinese censorware – Rconversation

From Rconversation: Some good news and some bad news about Skype censorship in China. Since I last wrote about how Skype has admitted without apology that it allows its Chinese partner, TOM Online, to censor user chats with the joint Chinese-language TOM-Skype client, a lot of people have been downloading and testing the TOM-Skype client […]

Skype ignores users concerned about China censorship – Rconversation Blog

From Rconversation Blog (link): Last week Skype‘s Jaanus Kase posted an interview with Kevin (surname not given) from Skype’s new Chinese partner, Tom Online. It’s a fairly lightweight and content-free interview for the most part (one question: “what’s the weather like in China?”). The conversation makes no mention of the fact that Tom’s chat censorship […]

Internet Brings Down Chinese Scientist – Xu Zhiqiang

From OhmyNews International (link): The story is a Chinese version of Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, but this time digital signal processors (DSP) were being faked, rather than human embryonic stem cells. Last Friday, for scientific fraud, Chen Jin, a 35-year-old former top computer scientist and professor at China’s famous Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was exempted […]

EBay execs say Skype growing fast – MarketWatch

From (link): EBay Inc. executives said Thursday the company’s Internet-based phone service, known as Skype, has seen explosive growth in China and that the country is now one of Skype’s biggest market. Speaking to hundreds of analysts and investors gathered at eBay’s San Jose, Calif., headquarters, Skype president and former eBay chief financial officer […]

Skype says texts are censored by China – Alison Maitland

From the Financial Times (link) Skype, the fast-growing internet communications company that belongs to Ebay, has admitted that its partner in China has filtered text messages, defending this compliance with censorship laws as the only way to do business in the country. In a Financial Times interview, Niklas Zennstr√∂m, Skype’s chief executive, responded to accusations […]

Skype in China talks over new call service – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times: Skype, the internet telephony company owned by eBay, is in talks with Chinese state-owned operators that it is optimistic will clear the way for the launch of its computer-to-telephone call service in the world’s most populous telecoms market. Niklas Zennstr√∂m, Skype chief executive, waved aside suggestions that Verso Technologies, a US […]

US company hopes to block Skype in China – Sumner Lemon

From Macworld: Verso Technologies Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, hopes to soon win a contract to block Chinese Internet users from using eBay Inc.’s Skype VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) software, the company said Monday. A Chinese telecommunications operator has begun a paid trial of Verso’s NetSpective M-Class filter, a product that is designed to block […]

China blocks Skype web phone service – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times: A local arm of China Telecom, the country’s biggest fixed-line telecommunications operator, has moved to block access to a computer-to-telephone call service offered internationally by Skype, the European internet telephony company. Skype does not offer the fee-paying “SkypeOut” service to mainland Chinese users of its software and the action against it […]



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