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Skype fixes security flaws

Skype has updated its voice over IP software to fix two security flaws, one of which allows a remote attacker to take over a user’s PC.

The threat of a machine being taken over only affects Windows users, and the other flaw, which involves a denial of service attack, affects all PC platforms.

Skype has issued patches for both threats. The Skype VoIP software has been downloaded almost 190m times since the company’s launch in 2003, and over 60m people worldwide are registered users of Skype’s cheap phone service.

In September, online auctioneer eBay took over Skype as part of its wider strategy to expand its services to users.


 


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