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Skype denies snooping accusations

Hackers claim recent changes make the software easier to jack into
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The company has published a blog post that denies recent changes made to the software were made in order to provide police with access to users' calls and chats.

Despite making some questionable quotes earlier in the week that sparked rumours surrounding the changes, Skype has only responded now.

Mark Gillett, corporate VP at the company, stated within the post: "Some media stories have recently suggested Skype may be acting improperly or based on ulterior motives against our users' interests. Nothing could be more contrary to the Skype philosophy."

It continues to highlight how the changes made to the software's architecture were made through moving supernodes to cloud servers as part of Microsoft's acquisition of the company.

Hackers were quick to point out that the change to supernodes made Skype considerably easier to jack into, raising questions regarding what information it passed on to law enforcement agencies.

Gillett continued to address this issue within the blog post, saying: "The move to super nodes was not intended to facilitate greater law enforcement access to our users' communications."

It continued to read: "The enhancements we have been making to our software and infrastructure have been to improve user experience and reliability. Period."

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