Be careful what you’re saying online these days. Skype has recently acknowledged that there is a glitch in their VoIP software that is affecting their users. This glitch is causing instant messaging conversations to be shared with uninvited contacts from the user’s contact list. In the most extreme of the glitches, some information is being shared with people who are not even connected.
This morning, Skype addressed the issue, saying that these glitches are “rare” and that they are in the process of taking care of them. They went on to say, “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.”
Skype is a typically reliable communication platform for people across the globe. The system impressed Microsoft so much that they purchased it for 8.5 billion dollars and plan to incorporate it into its Windows 8 operating systems.
When communication between two people becomes shared with unintended parties, it has the ability to become a huge privacy issue. It is believed that the content-sharing bug affects 250 million Skype users. The bug will at random cause bits of a conversation to be sent to people who are not in the conversation and not the entire message log. Microsoft should have no problem fixing this glitch, or so we hope.