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

(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?

Source: Android Police


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.