It shows that Microsoft has started working on Skype
they are implementing new security failures.
An unknown number of frustrated Skype customers have been pestered by spoof messages on the Microsoft service for weeks, but the company is yet to close what appears to be a gaping hole in its software. Instead, Redmond has advised Skype users to change their account passwords. But complaints are building up about the lack of …
They did an update June last year:
I was gonna say, if they haven't updated it, why are the Xbox, WLM, etc login options on the splash screen.
Though why you're wanting more updates is beyond me, really. It functions nicely with a minimalist interface very much like an old IRC client. Everything's in one place, there's no GUI guff, no adverts, none of the crap that has besieged Windows users. True, if we could get an update that added in group video and made the inline images work, that would be nice, but I'm OK with having the Linux client as it is if it means I don't have to have the Windows client.
Yep, the Linux version of Skype is rather good. Let's hope they leave it that way.
The only tricky bit is pulseaudio. Its a little ephemeral - you have to configure it while skype is running audio or you don't see the skype parameters. At least, that was my experience at one point.
Yep, apparently scanning Twitter is considered the gold standard in confirming a news story nowadays.
You must allow, it's quicker than waiting for a spokesdrone at Skype to return our call. And such are the incentives of web journalism that when speed and accuracy conflict, it's poor ol' accuracy to get it in the neck every. single. time.
I've had a lot of emails from compromised accounts in the past. The flaw is in not having further protection measures in place for un-recognised devices/locations. People are always going to be stupid enough to use the same password/email combo for everything and sooner or later one slips through the cracks. It's not hard to delete a sent message to cover your tracks. I think this sort of thing happening in emails is pretty well documented.
Yeah, but....e-mail is terrible. As a protocol, as a tech, it's just awful. It was never meant to do the things it does. Skype is completely unrelated (and a lot newer). It shouldn't have the same issues (or at least not to the same extent, and in my experience it doesn't).
A lot of accounts have got into the wild, change your password to keep your skype account.
I had my hotmail account "hacked" and it was far from a dictionary word and included special characters, either some subcontractor supplimented his pay or my account was passed to another "agency" and fell ito the "wrong hands". To recover it they want to telephone you, hmm makes you wonder if there was ever a leak in the first place.
MS was never known for security by any definition so either they are the apathetic incompetents they appear or they are linking accounts for later use/sale to agencies unknown.
It wont be long before MS is giving away a free PC with every install of windows but in the interim you will have to pay to be rooted
Google might already have it... and so might others. A friend called me the other night and asked about Facebook wanting his mobile number... the box already had his number in it which he claims he never gave them. I still trying to convince him change it to a bogus number or close/delete as much as possible in his account and then the account. Seems you really can never delete your account.
All the intertubes are connected.. everyone has everything on all of us. Time to beef up the tinfoil hat, I think.
Nah, no use. We're boned. The entire species is boned.
Half the planet doesn't get how this Internet thing works yet, the other half doesn't even have computers in the first place. Until such time as our global society has attained a level such as every human being is confronted to the computing experience equally, we are going to be continually plagued by successive waves of clueless users falling into the same traps that were old last millennium.
Hotmail, Facebook, social media milking your personal data for ad money, it's going to go on forever until every single human understands exactly what it is he's giving up and decides not to play along. Of course, at that point humans will vote responsibly, not accepting corrupt liars and demagogues like today. There will be work for everyone because everyone will understand that one must be useful to society and pay one's taxes if we want this civilization to work out for everyone. It'll be strawberries and cream for everyone, and the likes of Zuckerberg will be in rehab centers to socialize them properly. We will be prancing through the stars, bringing responsible management everywhere we go.
In other words : it's never gonna happen.
This has just happened to me despite having complex passwords and two-factor authentication turned on using the Android Microsoft Account app, rather than SMS.
The messages were all sent while I wasn't signed in to Outlook or Skype from anywhere (middle of the night, I was asleep) and there are no logins shown on my account activity. Wield.
No simple way to delete your old Skype account.
"Next, contact Skype Customer Service (http://www.skype.com/go/contactcs) and tell us you’d like to close your account."
Seems like M$ would like to make you jump through hoops, because they want to keep your information. Even deleting a Facebook account is easier.
Having had my account info swiped a couple of years ago while I was on a short visit to Europe, I have never been amazed at the level of pwnage going on at Skype.
If MS thinks that this is a good way to deal with mobile and social media then it will confirm all that they've done with killing the PC business.
Any company that handles web pages in the kernel deserves all this problem, and more.
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