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UAE angers residents by blocking Skype—then blocks petition against ban
The United Arab Emirates first blocked Skype in late December, which upset UAE citizens. The government blocked Skype along with other Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platforms including WhatsApp, Viber, Facetime, and Discord. So a UAE Skyper fired up a petition, calling on authorities to reverse the block; that petition in turn also got blocked.

Sallyann Nicholls reports for EuroNews: "In a desperate bid to challenge the ban, Skype user ‘Mostafa Amr’ shared his anger ( on petition website 'VoIP is vital and needed for many families who are living in the UAE and need to contact their loved ones who are living outside the UAE'...

The petition attracted thousands of signatures and comments from other disgruntled Skype users. But within hours that, too, was mysteriously blocked, along with the entire website, and it can no longer be viewed by internet users in the UAE. Despite the blackout, more than 5,000 people around the world have signed the petition and the numbers are still rising."
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2 days ago by dmcdev
Microsoft adopts Signal's encryption protocol for new private conversation mode
The encrypted messaging app, built by Open Whisper Systems, has now partnered with Microsoft to encrypt messages on Skype.
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4 days ago by SecurityFeed
Skype Finally Adds End-to-End Encryption for Private Conversations
Good news for Skype users who are concerned about their privacy.
Microsoft is collaborating with popular encrypted communication company Signal to bring end-to-end encryption support to Skype messenger.
End-to-end encryption assured its users that no one, not even the company or server that transmits the data, can decrypt their messages.
Signal Protocol is an open source cryptographic protocol that has become an industry-wide standard—which is used in Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and Google Allo for secure messaging.
skype  encryption  security  privacy  signal 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption | Ars Technica
It’ll use the Signal protocol, also used in WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others.
Since its inception, Skype has been notable for its secretive, proprietary algorithm. It's also long had a complicated relationship with encryption: encryption is used by the Skype protocol, but the service has never been clear exactly how that encryption was implemented or exactly which privacy and security features it offers.
That changes today in a big way. The newest Skype preview now supports the Signal protocol: the end-to-end encrypted protocol already used by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Allo, and, of course, Signal. Skype Private Conversations will support text, audio calls, and file transfers, with end-to-end encryption that Microsoft, Signal, and, it's believed, law enforcement agencies cannot eavesdrop on.
skype  encryption  security  privacy  signal 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Microsoft Partners with Signal to Bring End-To-End Encryption to Skype
In a move that surprised many, Microsoft and Open Whisper Systems (makers of the Signal app) announced today they are partnering to bring support for end-to-end (E2E) encrypted conversations to Skype.
The new feature, called Skype Private Conversations has been rolled out for initial tests with Skype Insider builds.
Private Conversations will encrypt Skype audio calls and text messages. Images, audio or video files sent via Skype's text messaging feature will also be encrypted.
skype  encryption  security  privacy  signal 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Signal partners with Microsoft to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype
Skype will be getting end-to-end encryption by implementing the Signal protocol. Says Signal in a blog announcing the collaboration: "Microsoft is introducing a Private Conversations feature in Skype, powered by Signal Protocol..The Private Conversations feature is available now in preview for Skype Insiders.Microsoft joins a growing list of organizations including WhatsApp, Google, Facebook, and Signal itself that have integrated the open source Signal Protocol into their messaging platform."
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9 days ago by dmcdev
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