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Microsoft Windows 8 and RT might reportedly be the most secure generation of Windows yet, but apparently that same security level doesn’t apply to Microsoft’s popular Skype application. It is now reported that Russian hackers have found a method that allows access to any Skype account and will allow them to take full control, all they need is your email address.

Microsoft is now aware of the issue and is taking steps to address the issue. For the moment they are disabling password reset on Skype accounts until they investigate and fix the issue. This is a pretty big problem, but it sounds like Microsoft is taking the situation seriously and will likely make it a non-issue soon enough.

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In the meantime, what can you do to better protect yourself? Ensure that your email address isn’t easy to guess. You can always go to your profile page, add a new “harder to guess” address and delete the old one.
The big deal here is that Skype stores full conversation history in the cloud, so any important information (banking, sensitive information, etc) could be up for grabs by these hackers. This probably won’t do much for easing the transition away from Windows Live.

There have been a small group of “faithful”Windows Live messenger and don’t want to migrate over to Skype. This will certainly add fuel to that fire. It’s clear that Microsoft needs to take care of this quickly.

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  1. Indradeo Digumber / November 14, 2012 at 9:10 am /Reply

    Since when does skype store history in the cloud? i thought it was more of a peer2peer architecture.. if you chat with someone, then setup your account on a new pc, if both you original pc and the correspondent you were chatting with are offline, you won’t any history restored, as soon as you correspondent or your old pc signs in, the history restore kicks in..

  2. This is even more critical now that you can log onto skype with Microsoft logon id’s!

  3. New version of Skype runs within Modern UI and has been redesigned from the ground up, with some critical changes being made to the Skype platform. You can login now with any form of Microsoft account, including Skype, and your Skype ID will be linked to your Windows ID.

  4. I don’t even imagine if any one can hack my account..Ohh Nooo pleaseee

  5. Russian hackers found a security hole in Skype password recovery tool that allows a third party to take control of your account. All the hackers require is your Skype username and the email address that Skype account is registered to.

  6. The popular video chat service said it’s investigating an issue involving its password-reset function, which could allow hackers to overtake user accounts. Skype has disabled the password reset in the meantime.

  7. and Microsoft is planning to replace Windows Live Messenger with Skype from next year? They should not rush for such replacements until they are not 101% sure about the security of their product.

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