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Skype catches rare bug that sends messages to incorrect addresses from your contacts list

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Skype catches rare bug that sends messages to incorrect addresses from your contacts list
Let's say you're ticked off at your boss because he yelled at you for getting a chocolate glazed donut instead of a chocolate one (there is a difference). So you decide to IM your buddy to tell him what a douche your boss is when suddenly the hair on the back of your neck is standing up. For some strange reason, Skype has sent your IM to the boss whose phone number is stored in your contacts list. Ooops!

"Thanks for your reports and sorry for the inconvenience caused by this. We are currently investigating and hope to provide a solution for this soon."-Statement from Skype
While perhaps nothing as earth-shattering as this example has occurred, but some Skype users have reported in the application's support forum that after an update last month, some messages being sent to a particular person are going to a random person from the sender's contacts list. One person said it was awkward and embarrassing (although he might have been talking about his spelling, too).

Even after Skype confirmed the problem, said it occurred rarely, and promised that a software update would soon be coming to exterminate the bug, others continued to complain about entire conversations being sent to a random third party in the sender's contacts list. Has this happened to you? The good news is that Skype seems to be all over this. If an IM you sent on Skype fell into the wrong hands, let us know by leaving a comment in the box below.

source: Skype                                                                               

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posted on 16 Jul 2012, 12:20

1. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


On what platform is this problem??? Android? iOS? Windows? Windows Phone? Mac? Linux????

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 12:26

2. Alan01 (Posts: 177; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


It is not contained to any particular platform.

Alan F.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 13:29

4. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


If it contains a Software Update, clearly must be targeted for a certain platform, Am I wrong?

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 13:11 2

3. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


I think skype belongs now to microsoft
So all is normal...
I stopped using skype since m$

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 13:43

5. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Not a problem...use skype only for voice/video chat :)

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 13:56

6. alannyny (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


In related news, why doesn't Skype make SMS free, or at least a free part of their unlimited US calling (landline, mobile) with dedicated phone number?

SMS is so cheap on the wholesale/corporate side. But SMS is only available to consumers on a per-text basis through Skype.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 15:09

7. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


No no no no no, Skype can't detect the webcam on my phone, my laptop or even the one I bought......That's why I use boocam...

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