Skype Users – BEWARE!

I used Skype over 2 years ago when I needed to video conference with a colleague in another country.. It worked well for what we needed, but I never used it again. Over that time, Skype got purchased by eBay, and they added a number of features and such.

Tonight, I come home and see a number of e-mails about “Skype Credit allocation from Business Control Panel”, and see that I was charged 50EUR. At first, I dismissed the e-mails as another phishing scam. But I decided to log into Skype and see if there was any such credit in my account.

To my horror, it turned out that someone had gotten into the account, activated the seamless PayPal payment transfer option, and purchased 50EUR worth of Skype credits!

What doesn’t make any sense is that I used a non-standard username, a non-standard password, and I hadn’t used the account in years. So how did the account get compromised?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/02/mysterious_skype_hijackings/

Looks like I’m not the only one this has happened to. Like it or not, there’s been a security break at Skype, but no one is owning up to it.. Thankfully, I contacted support and they’ve reversed the charges.. But reading the Skype forums, it sounds like others haven’t been as lucky.

If you’ve used Skype in the past, you might want to consider closing your account if you’re still not using it. With their integration with Paypal, it makes it much too easy for someone to siphon money out of your account without your knowledge, and then you’re up a creek without a paddle!


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