Skype encryption “stumps” police

German police have said that they cannot break the encryption used by popular free and paid telephone service, Skype. German police need to break this so they can ‘wiretap’ a few people’s conversations – like they can with a traditional phone line.

Not only the encryption used, but the way Skype sends the packets of data too. Skype sends the voice data scrambeled over many thousands of routes in small sizes to decrease the voice lag.

“We can’t decipher it. That’s why we’re talking about source telecommunication surveillance – that is, getting to the source before encryption or after it’s been decrypted,” Joerg Ziercke, president of Germany’s Federal Police Office (BKA) told reporters at an annual gathering of security and law enforcement officials.

The technology must be very good if the experts over at German police (black humour) cannot break it :P.


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