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What’s to stop a miscreant from claiming the Joe Schmoe handle (and any other handles from the dead pool, for that matter) and then just sitting back and waiting for email to arrive?
If a personal email comes in from a relative who hasn’t updated her address book for a while, or, say, if Joe Schmoe hadn’t informed her of his new email address, what’s to stop a crook from pretending to be Joe Schmoe, given that he’s now got the Joe [email protected]? While we’re waiting, please do let us all know if there are further unintended consequences that you can imagine.
On July 15, any newcomers can claim a handle from the dead pool that was previously unavailable. Yahoo hasn’t revealed how many emails are in its dead pool, but it’s probably a substantial number, given competitor Google’s robust growth.
As of June 2012, Google’s Gmail was reported to be the most widely used web-based email, with over 425 million active users worldwide.
But the same year, according to , Skype secretly started working on "Project Chess," an internal program designed to come up with ways to make Skype communications available to law enforcement agencies.
Then, in 2011, the NSA forced Skype — at that point owned by Microsoft — to comply with its surveillance requests and become part of PRISM, according to Snowden documents. Through PRISM, the NSA reportedly gets data directly from tech companies — with all the necessary legal requirements in place — rather from intercepted Internet traffic.
If you used Yahoo Messenger to video chat with your friends or strangers between 20 — and perhaps even later — British spies might have a collection of screenshots of your most intimate online conversations.
The GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA, has been caught collecting screenshots of millions of Yahoo users from their webcams through a program called "Optic Nerve," according to the latest Edward Snowden leak, published on Thursday.
Google Hangouts Ever since its launch, Google Hangouts has used SSL web encryption, making video chats through the service theoretically safe from spy agencies tapping into fiber optic cables.