Is Skype a haven for criminals?

From a law enforcement point of view, digital communication is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it allows for the simple collection, sorting, and processing of massive amounts of information (such as in the FBI's Carnivore system), but on the other hand, it is much easier for users to encrypt their communications with almost unbreakable codes.

Now that VoIP calls are becoming commonplace, governments around the world are struggling to adapt to the new technology, and Skype has found itself under extra scrutiny. The reason is that Skype uses 256-bit, industry-standard AES encryption that is nearly impossible to break without the key. Is Skype a haven for criminals?

Linked by shanmuga Sunday, 19th February 2006 8:59PM