British spies boast ability to intercept Skype calls

British intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), appears to be able to intercept most functions of Microsoft's Skype voice and messaging application, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Published by The Intercept, the documents state that the GHCQ's Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) has made it possible for government agencies to surveil Skype communications in real-time without users of the application being aware of it taking place.

    “Active Skype capability. Provision of real time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) and bidirectional instant messaging. Also contact lists.” (MINIATURE HERO)

    - JTRIG document