Thursday, July 11, 2013

BREAKING: Microsoft Helped the NSA Bypass Encryption

Microsoft worked hand-in-hand with the United States government in order to allow federal investigators to bypass encryption mechanisms meant to protect the privacy of millions of users, Edward Snowden told The Guardian.

According to an article published on Thursday by the British newspaper, internal National Security Agency memos show that Microsoft actually helped the federal government find a way to decrypt messages sent over select platforms, including Web chat, Hotmail email service, and Skype.

The Guardian details:

• Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal;

• The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail;

• The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

• Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in that allows users to create email aliases;

• In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

• Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".

The Guardian writes:

Microsoft's latest marketing campaign, launched in April, emphasizes its commitment to privacy with the slogan: "Your privacy is our priority."

Similarly, Skype's privacy policy states: "Skype is committed to respecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal data, traffic data and communications content."

But internal NSA newsletters, marked top secret, suggest the co-operation between the intelligence community and the companies is deep and ongoing.


Via The Guardian:
The files show that the NSA became concerned about the interception of encrypted chats on Microsoft's portal from the moment the company began testing the service in July last year.

Within five months, the documents explain, Microsoft and the FBI had come up with a solution that allowed the NSA to circumvent encryption on chats


Via The Guardian:
The NSA explained that "this new capability will result in a much more complete and timely collection response". It continued: "This success is the result of the FBI working for many months with Microsoft to get this tasking and collection solution established."

A separate entry identified another area for collaboration. "The FBI Data Intercept Technology Unit (DITU) team is working with Microsoft to understand an additional feature in which allows users to create email aliases, which may affect our tasking processes."

The NSA has devoted substantial efforts in the last two years to work with Microsoft to ensure increased access to Skype, which has an estimated 663 million global users.

One document boasts that Prism monitoring of Skype video production has roughly tripled since a new capability was added on 14 July 2012. "The audio portions of these sessions have been processed correctly all along, but without the accompanying video. Now, analysts will have the complete 'picture'," it says.


  1. Pardon my French, but bill gates is a piece of shit.

    1. Meh. If I was a blowfly, I wouldn't land on him.

    2. Hey hey hey! Be careful what you say about my man Willy G. He's my hero!

      Granted, he's always been just this side of BATSHIT crazy, pathologically antisocial, and a sonofabitch to do business with, but he did manage to build the buggiest, most crash prone, hackable, unintuitive operating system the world has ever seen. That counts for something, no?

      The fact that he sold us out to the NSA should come as no surprise. How do you think he got to be that rich? Honestly, ya just gotta admire a man that sells out, well, everybody. The guy's got priorities - money - himself - ahhh, let's see, I guess himself again.

      Don't it just give ya the warm fuzzies that he's givin' all those billions away? Think of the unbrideled damage he can do. Sorta explains why the whole world is experiencing the "blue screen of death"...