Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Alert: Skype account hijack technique may affect all users

28 Apr 2013   #1

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
Alert: Skype account hijack technique may affect all users

According to security researcher @TibitXimer (A.K.A. Dylan) his Skype account was stolen six times, and now claims all Skype user accounts are vulnerable to the same fate due to Skype's flimsy account recovery practices - which are especially thin, as he discovered the hard way, when contacting customer service.

When he contacted Skype support, reps didn't appear to acknowledge that the issue was immediate... and repeating.

Perhaps that is because his account had been hijacked through basic social engineering techniques and not hacked - as then he learned that the problem was with contacting customer service itself.

A Guy

My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Crappy security policies are nothing new, especially in the IT world, but that is just another whole magnitude of terrible.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

I'm thinking it is more of a user orientated rather than a I.T.
Most users of Skype and other social methods are really not concerned with security. If a few extra security steps were imposed John and Jane would be complaining by the millions of the extra things they are having to do just for so called security they don't want to here about.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Honestly, if the article is true, I think the blame lies squarely with Skype there, the "security information" they require is accessible just from using a persons facebook page. It's not difficult to find the 5 people they talk to the most, and then assume that they would have them on MSN/Skype.

I wonder if this is them pushing people towards a Microsoft account. Which I find hilarious because my microsoft account is the only account of mine that has ever been hacked. Multiple times at that (even with strong passwords and changing the reclamation info.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Alert: Skype account hijack technique may affect all users

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Alert: Skype account hijack technique may affect all users
Thread Forum
Skype now available for for users in the UK News
Security Alert for Evernote Users. Security News
Skype bug allows capturing of users' IP address Security News
Seperate user account still affect others "envirement" General Discussion
Keeping Standard Account Users out of the Administrators Account General Discussion
Skype Users Chillout Room

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:48 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33