January 9, 2019

Hackers can use Skype to break into Android phones | Jesse Berland

Skype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices,
the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones.

Jesse berland - Skype

If you are using Skype, you’ll know that it has revolutionized how we talk to our friends and family from far away. Video calls and messages
have spread to other messaging platforms now.  
If you have downloaded There is also a good chance that every now and then,
you’ll receive a message from one of your Skype contacts that is clearly spam. Yes, Skype is vulnerable to cyber-attack just like any other program,
and an independent developer has discovered a frightening new bug in Skype for Android.

The hack allows hackers to bypass a user’s lock screen. Hackers can answer a Skype call without having to unlock the phone.
Then, they can access the data held on the phone by clicking on links sent via a Skype message.

The bad news is that the bug affects Skype on all versions of Android, which means you’ll be vulnerable even if you’re running the latest version of Android.
The problem is in the Skype app, rather than the mobile operating system.

Jesse Berland

The good news, Microsoft released a patch in the December 23 Skype update.
If your Android phone is set to automatically update apps, your version of Skype will already have the patch.


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