Codebreaker

Skype fixing bug that sends messages to wrong people

John Moe Jul 17, 2012

One very simple thing that we ask of our messaging services, be they the Post Office or email or texting: send messages to the right people. If I want to send a message to Bob, I don’t want Susan getting that message instead.

Well, that wasn’t happening for everyone on Skype for a while there. Some users were reporting sending messages to one person, only to have the message go to a completely different person. A few people even reported receiving messages from complete strangers. This apparently all started with an update to Skype in June.

Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, is issuing a patch and says, “The hotfix addresses an issue that 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.”

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