Skype disables password reset page to deal with email-based security 'vulnerability' (update)

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Mat Smith
November 14th, 2012
In this article: email, microsoft, password, security, skype, voip
Skype disables password reset page to deal with email-based security 'vulnerability' (update)

Skype has taken down its password reset page as it deals with a password reset exploit that can give suspicious types access to your account with only your email address. The issue was first spotted on Russian forums months earlier, but TNW has since been able to replicate the same, apparently easy to reproduce, vulnerability. Before Skype withdrew its password reset page, the only way to avoid the problem was to change your email address to something unknown by anyone. According to Skype's Heartbeat status blog, it's now investigating the issue further.

Update: Skype has released a second statement: "Early this morning we were notified of user concerns surrounding the security of the password reset feature on our website. This issue affected some users where multiple Skype accounts were registered to the same email address.

"We suspended the password reset feature temporarily this morning as a precaution and have made updates to the password reset process today so that it is now working properly. We are reaching out to a small number of users who may have been impacted to assist as necessary."

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