Skype fixes account vulnerability

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Flaw in Skype security resolved

Microsoft product Skype has been forced to make changes to their account security process.

The increased account security for the calls and instant messaging service comes after a loophole was posted online which allowed hackers to gain access to accounts simply by knowing the email address of the user. While only a small number of accounts were compromised, Skype had to act quickly as news of the security flaw spread across the internet and social media.

With Microsoft announcing Windows Live Messenger is to be discontinued by the end of 2012, Skype will become increasingly important for the company. The speed at which the issue was resolved shows how seriously Skype is taking any possible threats to their service and users personal details.

As part of an official statement from the company, Skype said they were "committed to providing a safe and secure communications experience to our users". They continued by apologising to all those who were targeted.

Latest step forward for Skype

This renewed focus from Microsoft is the latest in a series of advancements for Skype, after Facebook video calls were introduced in 2011. Many experts believe that this is just the start of a major push for Skype, with rumoured integration into Xbox 360 just one of many proposed ideas. The product is Microsoft's largest acquisition to date, costing them $8.5 billion in May of 2011.

Kleon West, business development manager at theEword remarked: "It seems apparent Microsoft are looking to push and expand their Skype product, so it was vital for them to react to this issue quickly. Users will be reassured that their accounts and any personal information contained within them are secure by the speed at which the problem was resolved."