Chinese censors capture Skype text chats


Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered a large surveillance system in China that monitors, censors, and archives text conversations exchanged by customers of Tom-Skype, a joint venture of eBay-owned Skype and a Chinese wireless company.

The university’s Citizen Lab, a research group that investigates Internet censorship, discovered the operation in September, and was able to access an archive of messages from inadequately-protected computers. They discovered a list or restricted words – such as “democracy” and “Falun Gong”.

UPDATE: Skype responds

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