NSA access to Microsoft services detailed

Microsoft helped the NSA get around its encryption systems so the agency could more easily spy on users of its services, reports suggest.
Papers given to The Guardian newspaper allege there were close links between the security agency and the tech firm.
Microsoft said its collaboration with the NSA only took place because legal obligations required it to do so.
The revelations come as some technologists start work on services they say will be impervious to spying.
The information published in The Guardian comes from documents it said were given to the paper by whistle blower Edward Snowden and shed more light on how closely tech firms work with the US National Security Agency and its Prism programme.
The documents show that the NSA had access to most of Microsoft’s flagship products including Hotmail, Outlook.com, SkyDrive and Skype. In the case of Outlook.com, Microsoft reportedly worked with the NSA to help it get around its own data-scrambling scheme that would have concealed messages from the agency.
In addition, soon after Microsoft bought Skype it had helped the intelligence agency "triple" the number of calls passing through the web phone service that could be intercepted.
Even before Skype was bought by Microsoft it was providing information on some of its users through Prism.
The documents seen by The Guardian are reportedly from the NSA’s Special Source Operations office which oversees the links between the agency and tech firms. The documents show that the access the NSA enjoyed made it far easier for intelligence workers to get at accounts on many Microsoft services.