Skype Fixes Security Vulnerability For Its Android App

Apr 20, 2011
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Skype addressed earlier today the security vulnerability discovered last week in its app for Android and has rolled out a new version that should safeguard your information. The security bug could have exposed sensitive user information such as names, location, e-mail address, chat logs, phone numbers, and more to malicious third party software.

Skype’s Chief Information Security Officer, Adrian Asher, sent out an e-mail to users regarding the security exposure.

After a weekend of developing and testing we have updated a new version of the Skype for Android application onto the Android Market, containing a fix to the vulnerability reported to us on Friday. Please do update to this version as soon as possible in order to help protect your information.

We have had no reported examples of 3rd party malicious application mis-using information from the Skype directory on Android devices and will continue to monitor closely. Please rest assured that we do take your privacy and security very seriously and we sincerely apologize for any concern this issue may have caused.

With this update also brings Skype calling to U.S. customers over their 3G data connections. This lets users on all carriers in the U.S. to make Skype calls, which was only allowed on Verizon until now.

[via MobileBurn]


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