Skype Bug Results in IMs Being Sent to Wrong Contacts

Here’s a potentially embarrassing new problem for Skype users: according to reports, a newly discovered bug could result in messages being sent to the wrong person in a user’s contact list.

The problem was first discovered last week by Skype user ‘SunnyLady78,’ who took to the service’s public forums to voice her outrage.

“I am really surprised and shocked how it has happened,” SunnyLady78 said. “When I did last one Skype upgrade in June 2012 it has become to work very strange. Sometimes when I open chat window with some contact, it lists all latest messages from that person although I have already read them.”

She goes on: “Few days ago one friend from my contact list has received few messages I had already received before from other my skype contact. It seemed these messages were sent by me. It is really confusing. I have no history option in privacy section and cleared all my cookies. How can I protect my privacy?”

That’s a good question. After investigating SunnyLady’s (not particularly coherent) claim, Skype admitted the problem existed.

Here’s the deal: in some situations, if two Skype users are engaging in an instant message chat and one is booted from the service by a crash, the last message they send could be sent to a different contact (someone not involved in the original conversation) the next time the unlucky user logs into Skype.

Mac, Windows, Linux, and Windows Phone Skype users are all affected by the problem, though Skype says that there are certain versions which are not experiencing problems.

“During further investigation, we confirmed that not all Skype products were affected by this error as originally reported,” Skype said. “We can assure that users of Skype 5.9 for Windows, Skype 2.8 for Android and Skype 4.0 for iOS have not been affected.”

Skype says it’s working on a fix for the problem, and that this should be released in the next few days.

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