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Skype Vulnerability Exposed On Android Devices

There are over ten million users for Skype, that’s quite a large number. Android Police recently dismantled the application and discovered how easy it was to extract data from the application. Android Police discovered that one’s username, profile, contacts, as well as chat logs could easily be extracted due to Skype’s use of an unprotected database.

Although there are currently no malicious apps that exploit this vulnerability, Skype has been made aware of the problem and are working to solve the matter before trouble arises.For users with Skype installed on their Android phones, it is recommended that you “watch” what apps you install. Installing unknown apps could prove to be dangerous by stealing information from Skype’s unprotected database.

Here is Skype’s full statement:
“It has been brought to our attention that, were you to install a malicious third-party application onto your Android device, then it could access the locally stored Skype for Android files. These files include cached profile information and instant messages. We take your privacy very seriously and are working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability, including securing the file permissions on the Skype for Android application. To protect your personal information, we advise users to take care in selecting which applications to download and install onto their device.” Check the video below to see the vulnerability exposed in Skype, and please note that there is no audio.

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