Cracking China's Skype Surveillance Software

A 27-year-old unlocked a secret word list employed to monitor Chinese Skype users
Jeffrey Knockel Photograph by Benjamin Rasmussen for Bloomberg Businessweek

Jeffrey Knockel is an unlikely candidate to expose Skype’s role in China’s online surveillance apparatus. The 27-year-old computer science graduate student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque doesn’t speak Chinese, let alone follow Chinese politics. “I don’t really keep up with news in China that much,” he says. What gets him going are puzzles.

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