If you’ve had a case of Skype sending messages from your account to random people on your contact list – fret not, your computer isn’t infected by some sort of virus. It’s just an issue that Skype has been having recently and you’re one of the unlucky few to be affected by the glitch. For those of you not in the know, a handful of people have reported on the Skype forums that a few of their instant messages were being sent to random people in their contact lists.

While most of the time this shouldn’t be a problem (a couple of lines taken out of context usually doesn’t say much, depending on what you use Skype to chat about) but it is still a serious breach of privacy. Embarrassing or even confidential details can be unintentionally sent to people who shouldn’t know about them. Skype has confirmed the glitch and is working on a fix for it which should roll out in the near future, in the form of an update.

The folks at Skype have released a blog post with more details about the error. Here’s what they have to say:

Based on recent Skype customer forum posts and our own investigation over the past couple of days, we have identified a bug that we are working hard to fix.  This issue occurs only when a user’s Skype client crashes during a Skype IM session, which may in some cases result in the last IM entered or sent prior to the crash being delivered to a different IM contact after the Skype client is rebooted or logged in as a new user.

Although we cannot determine precisely how many users may have been affected by this error, we believe the number is small given the very specific circumstances under which the error occurs.  At Skype, our customer experience is paramount and we are working hard to release fixes for impacted clients within the next several days.

The Skype clients impacted include:  Skype 5.9 and 5.10 for Windows, Skype 5.8 for Mac, Skype 4.0 for Linux, Skype 1.2 for Windows Phone, Skype 2.8 for Android, Skype 4.0 for iOS.  We urge all Skype customers to download the latest client as soon as they are notified that any update, including this fix, is available.

We sincerely apologize to our community for any inconvenience.


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