So the US government passes legislation that gives them permission to intercept certain forms of communication and two weeks later Skype is installing the software? I don’t think so. How long does it take to plan, code, debug, test and approve a major change to your product that it was never intended to have? Longer than two weeks I’m sure. Not only that, I’m sure a company would be putting up a little bit of a fight before caving in. Many of their employees would also have to know about it and they would be spreading the word too.
First: my personal jury is still out on this topic. I do not accept neither reject the option that this is what happened. What I do know however, is that I really have my doubts about the reasoning given by Skype, i.e. the cause being the rebooting of too many PC’s at once after the monthly Microsoft patch day. So, what do they want to cover then? One other option is that this was due to a deliberate DoS attack after all.
About what you write:
- There is no reason why work on it shouldn’t have been done already for some time before formal acceptance of this new law;
- Being owned by eBay, a US company, they are obliged to compel by law to cooperate, just as with normal taps on telephone by the FBI etc.;
- Things similar to this have remained hidden for some time before, nothwithstanding employees having to have been involved. For example, the dots secretly embedded on printed documents by certain printer brands to aid fingerprinting letters etc. to a specific printer. That had gone on for several years before it came to the open. Employees of the firms involved had to know that too, and they stayed silent.
- You don’t need many people involved to ad a component to software. It may involve only one or two. Most software today is modular, with different developers working on different parts.