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


28 Apr 2013   #1

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Alert: Skype account hijack technique may affect all users

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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.
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28 Apr 2013   #2

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

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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.
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01 May 2013   #4

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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.)
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