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Skype Encryption Algorithm Not Handed Over To FSB Claims Microsoft

Software giant Microsoft has denied allowing Russian security agency, the FSB, to spy on users of Skype, the popular VoIP client that Microsoft acquired recently.

The FSB had earlier caused a controversy by demanding internet communication services like Gmail and Skype. The organisation had said at that time that the “uncontrolled use of these services could lead to a large-scale threat to Russian security”.

Microsoft had been rumoured to have quietly handed out the encryption algorithms for Skype to the Russian agency.

However, according to an article on a Russian technology blog, Microsoft has reportedly denied the claims maintaining that the company only handed out the initial codes of its software to the FSB for inspection.

“The matter was not about the encryption terms of Microsoft's cooperation with the FSB, the company gives the initial codes of its products to the FSB for inspection. In the future, Skype may also be examined,” Marina Levina of Microsoft’s PR department clarified.

The Russian government is known to demand crucial access to web service in order to keep a tighter control on what is being said in the Russian web space. Therefore, it won’t come as a surprise if Microsoft is forced to hand out the code to the security agency.