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Microsoft temporarily shuts down Skype password resets amid account-hacking reports

Published Nov 14th, 2012 1:41PM EST
Microsoft Skype hacking update

Microsoft (MSFT) isn’t taking any chances when it comes to reports that Skype users are having their accounts hijacked. Ars Technica reports that Microsoft has “temporarily suspended password-resetting capabilities for its Skype service” while it investigates reports that its users’ accounts are “vulnerable to account-takeover attacks that are trivial to carry out.” Microsoft’s Skype blog says that users who have multiple accounts linked to the same email address are vulnerable to hacking and that it is “reaching out to a small number of users who may have been impacted to assist as necessary.”

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.