There’s a nasty little Skype bug that’s starting to do the rounds you may want to pay attention to. Engadget reports that the VOIP client has been hit by an issue that will cause messages to be randomly forwarded to other people in your contacts list. The bug was first discovered in June by members on Skype’s support forums, but the company is just getting around to acknowledging the issue, saying that they’re currently working on a fix.
It’s a pretty scary privacy issue, even if it’s only affecting a small number of people right now. Thankfully, Skype is aware of the bug, saying in a statement: “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.”
Until then, you’ll just have to pay extra attention to what you’re sending out over Skype. We’ll keep an eye out and let you know when Skype issues the fix, but in the meantime it might be a good idea to think twice before hitting “send” on that private message.