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Sep
04
2015

Skype users continue to be plagued by ongoing bogus messages

Despite first being reported over a month ago, prompting Microsoft to advise Skype users to change their passwords, Skype users remain in the dark over a security issue that has resulted in their accounts sending out spam unnoticed, with Microsoft seemingly unable to rectify the problem.

The problem, first reported on a Skype community forum over a month ago, sees random Skype users send out messages to multiple contacts on their contact list that were not sent by the user themselves. The messages include links to spam websites, which are always disguised using goo.gl short links. The problem has been reported to affect both old and new accounts, including those that have not been logged into in some time; and reports state even accounts that have not been linked to Windows Live accounts are appearing to send spam.

Though the cause of the issue is yet unknown, some evidence by users suggests the issue could be a vulnerability with Skype's web client. Although the spam messages do not appear in the chat history of affected users when using a Desktop or Mobile version of the Skype client, some users who have been told their accounts have sent the spam messages have been able to see them in conversation windows that appear when the web client is used. Microsoft are yet to confirm these claims, having passed the buck several times already – the company has so far blamed weak passwords; malware on the affected user's computers; and an issue with linked accounts as potential causes.

Microsoft continue to advise users affected by this issue to change their passwords; and state that they are continuing to look into the matter.

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