Skype users told to change passwords, but will that stop the outbreak of spoofed messages?
Many skype users have been troubled by spoof messages for weeks. Skype users have been complaining on online forums that their accounts have been sending out spoof messages without their permission.
According to these frustrated users, the spoof messages use a Goo.gl URL shortener and are sent to all of their online contacts.But the company is yet to close what appears to be a gaping hole in its software.
Many of these links redirect to russian domains hosting malicious codes which are designed to infect visiting computers. Microsoft doesn’t appear to have come up with a solution to the problem.
The problem first appeared late last month. One Skype user, posting in a thread said:
I received a message earlier today from a friend on my contact list whom I don’t normally have Skype conversations with. The link resolves to a Russian/.ru site so I immediately knew I had been duped and closed the window before the page loaded.
So far, and there have been over 20 pages of discussion of the issue on the Skype community pages.
Skype’s support team said earlier this month that an investigation into the issue was “ongoing”. But it clearly hasn’t been fixed yet.
Here’s the official word from Microsoft:
Our engineers are still looking into this.
Meanwhile we’d recommend everyone to change their account passwords for all your Skype related accounts, i.e. also update your Microsoft account password if you linked that to your Skype account.