Social Media service Skype has been hacked by a group which calls itself the ‘Syrian Electronic Army’ (SEA).
Skype (Technologies), an organisation owned by Microsoft, was the victim of an online hack by a group calling itself the ‘Syrian Electronic Army.’
“They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments” the hackers wrote on Skype’s blog.
The attack is believed to be the result of governmental surveillance programmes such as the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States. Microsoft has been accused by The Guardian of allowing its user’s messages to be intercepted and breached, as well as helping the NSA by-pass its own security. Microsoft has argued that these requirements were ‘legally mandated’.
Nevertheless, the hackers wrote today on Skype’s blog: “Don’t use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook). They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.”
Skype has now removed the post and declared that no user information has been compromised.
The pro-Assad, Syrian Electronic Army is also responsible for attacks on the BBC, The Guardian, and The New York Times.
These attacks appear to be all encompassing and inconsistent: On the one hand, the hackers attack a company associated with transferring private data (Microsoft), yet on the other, the SEA have also attacked The Guardian, which has been a key and central figure in reporting and unveiling these breaches of privacy.
On the plus side, this breach on Skype’s website and Twitter account may reignite the recently quiet debate on the role of individual privacy and governmental security.