November 14, 2012

Your Skype account can be hijacked using only your email address

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Russian hackers have discovered a security hole in Skype's password recovery tool that allows a third party to take control of your account. All the hackers require is your Skype username and the email address that Skype account is registered to. With those details, they'll be able to access your account and change the password in a matter of minutes. The Next Web has tested out the five-step hack and reports that the process worked across several accounts. The site says it contacted Skype several hours before going public with the story.
It's worth noting that your account is only vulnerable if the would-be hacker knows your email address. If you're worried that your address may be common knowledge, the simplest way to protect yourself from any attack would be to change the address your account is registered with. We've spoken to Skype, which says that it is currently looking into the issue.

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