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Skype issues fix for message forwarding bug

17 Jul 2012
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Skype has announced it is rolling out updates to its platform to fix an embarrassing bug that was causing the service to forward messages intended for one user to others in a users' address book.

The firm admitted that the issue was affecting various versions of the service, including Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux and Windows Phone.

The firm recommended users download the new version of Skype once it's available, it said on its blog.

"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," he said.

"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."

The firm also confirmed that Skype 5.9 for Windows, Skype 2.8 for Android and Skype 4.0 for iOS were not affected by the issue.

The incident first came to light on Monday after disgruntled users complained of the issue in support forums on firm's website, threatening to leave the service unless the problem was fixed rapidly.

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Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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