survey of instant messaging privacy

John Ioannidis ji at
Mon Jun 9 20:19:45 EDT 2008

Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> Also from Declan McCullagh today, a full survey of instant message
> service security:

Interesting.  Of course, with the possible exception of Skype, only the 
over-the-network part of the communication is protected.  The IM 
providers can still give the contents of your communications to third 

As OTR has shown, it's not hard to do end-to-end crypto even if you 
don't have direct client connectivity.  Makes one wonder why the default 
clients don't have the functionality :)

/ji, Pidgin user

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