Skype Crashes, Hackers Take Credit

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 11:06 AM gHale


Skype went down Monday in most of Europe and in parts of the United States, while Microsoft restored access to the service.

Microsoft acknowledged the Skype issues, but they did not give a cause on the cause of the outage.

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Hacking group CyberTeam is taking responsibility for Skype suffering from connectivity problems, saying its members are the ones who knocked the service offline and promising to go after other targets.

In a tweet posted Monday, CyberTeam said the outage experienced by Skype was “just the beginning of a new era,” with Valve’s Steam gaming service to be the next target.

While at this point it’s hard to tell if CyberTeam is indeed responsible for the Skype downtime or whether Microsoft’s service went offline because of a DDoS attack, the software giant said Tuesday fixes were still being applied and an update would be provided when everything returns to normal.

“We have made some configuration corrections and mitigated the impact. We are continuing to monitor and we will post an update when the issue is fully resolved,” Microsoft said.

Originally, the company said it was aware of problems experienced when trying to log in, claiming to have fixed the issues a few hours later.

“We are aware of an incident where users will either lose connectivity to the application or may be unable to send or receive messages. Some users will be unable to see a black bar that indicates them that a group call is ongoing, and longer delays in adding users to their buddy list,” the company said.

Skype is now back up and running.



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