Microsoft spyware goes to Washington via Skype

Recently, one of the world's richest and most powerful global corporations paid an infeasibly large sum of money to an innovative telecommunications company which has been pioneering new ways to keep people connected using heavily encrypted signals which are almost impossible to decode.

A few weeks later the mega-corporation, which has been on the wrong end of a never-ending stream of big-bucks law suits instigated by the US Government for years, is discovered to have applied for a patent covering technology which allows it to intercept telephone conversations and silently record them without being detected.

On the very same day, the US governement announces that it will be using a certain innovative telecoms company's software to allow members of the US House of Representatives and Congress to communicate with each other.

If we told you that was one of the plot devices in our new espionage novel you'd probably say, "Don't be daft. That's totally unrealistic. Now get back to mopping that floor."

Unfortunately for you, us and the rest of the world, it's all absolutely true.

Let's just have a refresher. Microsoft is buying Skype, has applied for a patent for technology which would allow users to secretly snoop on all kinds of communications, and the US Government has agreed to use Skype as one of its major forms of communication between high-ranking officials.

Seriously. We're not making this up.

We could make further comment on this whole sorry mess but we reckon it will be more fun to sit back and watch the tinfoil-hatted conspiracy theorist nutjobs pick this one up and run with it.

Gentlemen, get those crayons sharpened, and do try not to eat too many of them.