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European Crackdown On Skype "Loophole" 230

Posted by timothy
from the only-the-suspicious-ones-of-course dept.
angry tapir writes "Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown on what law authorities believe is a massive technical loophole in current wiretapping laws, allowing criminals to communicate without fear of being overheard by the police. Eurojust, a European Union agency responsible for coordinating judicial investigations across different jurisdictions, has announced the opening of an investigation involving all 27 countries of the European Union."
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European Crackdown On Skype "Loophole"

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  • by Chrisq (894406) on Monday February 23, 2009 @08:08AM (#26956357)

    Suppose they have a way to intercept Skype calls and decrypt everything. How will they know a conversation like "Aunt Emma's cat had seven kittens, three black and four white" actually means "I'm sending seven kilos of heroin, Giuseppe will take three and Giovanni four"?

    because you've just told us - and you are now on the "listen" list

  • by Yetihehe (971185) on Monday February 23, 2009 @08:24AM (#26956447)
    It's surprising that TMA* filter allowed you to submit your post ;)

    *Too Much Acronyms.
  • by N Monkey (313423) on Monday February 23, 2009 @09:13AM (#26956879)

    You're kidding right? IF terrorists can learn to fly a jumbo jet, which, mind you, is a very complex beast that requires a lot of training, simulator, and real-world flying time to be able to fly one,

    Surely, "the flying" of a modern jet is not the difficult part - it's "the landing".

  • by LVSlushdat (854194) on Monday February 23, 2009 @09:13AM (#26956881)

    Everybody pissed and moaned about how bad Bush was.. Just you wait till we've had Comrade Obama and his ilk in Congress for a couple of years.. You aint seen NOTHING yet!! Before one of the many SlashLibs shouts me down as being a Republican, I'll admit that I *was*, for 98% of my life (I'm 58), but in the last couple of years, I've gotten absolutely fed up with the Republican party and am now an Independent.. Which means I'm disenfranchised.. Nobody to vote for.. In any event, I strongly suspect by the time I'm 65 in 2015, this country will finished, only the cleanup of what it once was left to complete.. Of course, perhaps John Titor actually WAS from the future, and the civil war he reports that happened in 2012 really happened, after all he did say we'd start seeing signs of it in 2008-2009... I *used* to have to put on a tight-fitting tinfoil hat when I read the accounts of John, but not so much anymore...

  • by digitig (1056110) on Monday February 23, 2009 @09:17AM (#26956931)
    It's here [].
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 23, 2009 @09:33AM (#26957109)
    GOD created the universe! Don't laugh, I've heard this used as an argument before.
  • by thethibs (882667) on Monday February 23, 2009 @10:08AM (#26957495) Homepage

    Great link.

    Provenzano abandoned this code after Giuffre's arrest, and this is when investigators believe he turned to a Biblical code. Since his imprisonment, he has been given a clean copy of the Bible, which he reads every day, annotating and underscoring.

    Priceless! If I were stuck in jail, I too would try to find a way to drive my jailors crazy.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 23, 2009 @10:10AM (#26957525)

    And in similar news, the government has announced a wholesale crackdown on the terrorist communication network known as "Teamspeak". Government officials report numerous conversations from these terror cells discussing all manner of hostile activities, from small unit tactics to the placement and detonation of explosives.

    "They keep trying to fool us using encrypted codes" said one defense department spokesperson, "we are still trying to identify the lingo, and are currently on the lookout for $exyl33tb0y and pwnsjoomytee who have been heard repeatedly saying they plan on planting explosives near the hostages". The location of the hostages is unknown by authorities, but they suspect they are being kept in an area referred to by the terrorist planners as "the Next Map".

  • by BrokenHalo (565198) on Monday February 23, 2009 @11:05AM (#26958091)
    Unfortunately, it is true. Witness Hans Reiser.
  • by Tubal-Cain (1289912) on Monday February 23, 2009 @11:08AM (#26958121) Journal
    And yet we have autopilot, not autoland or autocrashintoabuilding.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 23, 2009 @04:52PM (#26962427)

    Precisely. Intercepting communications is pointless if the target has reason to suspect they are being watched.

    Not all criminals are as smart as you take them to be, as specifically being told their comms are being listened to/taped does not deter them.

    Take the previous governors of Illinois as examples.

There is no royal road to geometry. -- Euclid