How would you like to earn a couple of extra billion dollars? Do I have your attention yet? All you have to do is come up with a reliable way to eavesdrop on Skype IM and voice traffic. So who would pay a couple of billion dollars to listen in on Skype conversations? The National Security Agency (NSA), of course. Reportedly, the NSA is willing to pay anyone to develop a dependable way to listen in on Skype conversations. I think that this is a very smart move by the NSA. Why spend the resources to develop a tool when you can outsource it? When you consider that eBay only paid $2.6 billion for Skype, paying a few billion to listen to Skype conversations is worth every penny. Sounds like the start to a good open source project.
Now I know that this is going to generate a few comments, but I feel that what the NSA does is vital to our nation's safety and I don't have a problem with them listening in on my conversations. I lead a very boring life. Remember, I work in IT. However, some people out there may not want the NSA listening to what they have to say. Like criminals, possibly because they are the ones breaking the law.
To collect the billion-dollar prize, all you have to do is to come up with a way to listen in on Skype IM and voice traffic. How tough could that be? Oh wait, did I tell you that Skype uses an obscure encryption scheme and that it changes frequently? In addition, did I mention that there have been well over 100 billion minutes of Skype-to-Skype phone calls. This does not include Skype-to-land calls. You will, of course, have to capture all of them. So maybe it's tougher than it sounds. I am sure that someone will come up with a way to do it, after all, our nation's security could be at stake.
In the remote chance that the NSA reads this post, or hacks into my network, let me offer the agency two last thoughts: Buy Skype from eBay. In the long run, it will be cheaper. If you don't, a foreign government will. If you don't like that idea, then pay eBay the billion dollars for a back door into Skype. They need the money and you need the hack. In the name of national security, I'm okay with either one. Maybe we can get congress to include the money in the stimulus package. After all, this should generate one or two jobs.