Skype Experiences Privacy Bug
July 16, 2012

Skype Experiences Privacy Bug

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

It´s always embarrassing when you inadvertently send a text message to the wrong person, especially if the text is of a personal nature. This has been happening for some Skype IM users lately, and according to Engadget, they´re working on a fix for the ℠Bug” which is affecting an undetermined amount of users.

“We are aware that in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact. We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype."

As told on the Skype forums, some users are receiving a few lines of chat from other users, even if they weren´t a part of the chat session. Some of these users are also noticing that their messages are being sent again several days after the original chat session. Even more troubling, some users are noting that they´ve received text messages and chats from people they aren´t connected to on Skype.

According to one Skype user, “Messages sent by one contact (2 lines out of a hundred or so) were sent to another contact of mine. These 2 contacts are not connected on Skype. The 2 IMs appeared to be sent by me, so the other contact asked me if I sent them by mistake. That is the only reason I know it happened. Question is why and how often does it happen?”

Other forum members have noted the same problem, and on Friday, a forum Community Manager acknowledged the problem, saying they would have a fix for the bug soon.

Obviously, such a bug is a major privacy concern, as lines from users´ chat sessions are being sent to “friends of friends” without their knowledge.

Earlier today, a forum poster vented their frustration, saying, “This is still going on, entire conversation I had in the morning was sent to a wrong contact. This is it, i'm out!”

While Skype has acknowledged the problem on several sites and on their forum, they´ve yet to say how many users have been affected by this dangerous bug.

Skype gained their popularity as a video chat service for camera-enabled computers.  It´s now available on mobile devices, Sony´s PlayStation Vita and even some televisions. Last October, Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion. While the software giant was initially quiet about their intentions for the web-chatting service, they´ve since announced a deep integration in Windows Phone 8, treating incoming Skype calls like regular calls, as well as allowing call waiting for video calls. Skype will also be able to run in the background, rather than having to be open in the foreground.

Windows Phone users first got a peak of Skype in April, though only users of the newer “Mango” operating system were able to take advantage of the 1.0 release.

According to Skype, 7 specific phones were tested for optimal performance: Nokia Lumia 710, Lumia 800, Lumia 900, HTC´s Titan and Radar and Samsung´s Focus S and Focus Flash.