Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Skype warned in August of email flaws

Skype was warned in August by a Russian programmer about a vulnerability closely linked to the one the company admits has been exploited to hijack peoples' accounts using just their email address.

Dmitry Chestnykh, the founder of the software company Coding Robots, has shown the Guardian a dated transcript of a conversation he had on 7 August with Skype support in which he pointed out that anyone could create a new Skype account using a email address – even if they didn't control it. He has also published the transcript, without the date, on Hacker News.