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[Breaking] Skype For Android Leaves Your Data Open to Assault

Steven Blum
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(Photo: Engadget)

Aside from malware, now there's this to worry about:

It sems Skype's Android client, which is used by over 10 million people,  fails to encrypt any of your personal data. This means that a rogue app could quite easily grab all your account balance, full name, date of birth, cell phone number, city / state / country and more.

A writer for Android Police quite easily hacked into his own Skype app and found this information, without so much as needing even a username.

To point out how vulnerable the piece of software is, the blog made the ethically-dubious decision of actually including a piece of software in the blog post that prooves Skype's vulnerability, leading commenters to cry foul.

What do you think? Was it ethical for the blog to publish a program that can be used to hack into Skype? Will you now delete the app and wait until Skype publishes an update to download it again?

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  • David Pitzer Apr 15, 2011 Link

    Uh. Oh. This is terrible. And, yeah, of course it is ethical for Android Police to publish the hacking app, because it proves just how vulnerable Skype is.

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  • Android Addict Apr 15, 2011 Link

    No, I call bullshit. How many people will now download the app they posted and hack into people's accounts? Bad idea.

    And I'm removing Skype now from my apps.

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  • Android Addict Apr 15, 2011 Link

    Actually, I just did some reading in the comments and I think you're wrong: it appears the app Android Police posted cannot actually be used to hack into the account. I wish I understood how that works but I'm not a developer.

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  • Steven Blum Apr 15, 2011 Link

    Yeah it looks like the app Android Police published is actually harmless.

    I'm not going to remove Skype, though. I'm sure the company will post a fix very, very soon because this is such a serious matter.

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  • chinmay Apr 16, 2011 Link

    its good info given out by android police to protect personal data

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