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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Skype Messaging Surveillance found in China

A group of computer security researchers and human-rights activists based in Canada at the University of Toronto recently found a gigantic surveillance system in China that is being utilized to monitor and archive Internet text conversations that contain politically charged wording.

The system is capable of tracking text messages that are sent by TOM-Skype customers. TOM-Skype is a joint venture between eBay and a Chinese wireless provider.

The Canadian activists of Citizen Lab stumbled upon the surveillance operation last month. The stated that a cluster of eight message logging computers in China held over a million censored messages. Within the last two months the servers were able to archive over 166,000 censored messages from over 44,000 users.

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