Android's Skype App Reveals Personal Information

A recently discovered vulnerability in Android's hugely popular Skype app could pose serious threats to its users by leaking their personal information, a report revealed.

The report said that Skype is itself not carrying out any malicious activities, but there are security issues with its latest version for the Android platform that could be exploited by rogue elements to carry out certain activities that could harm its users.

The vulnerability was first discovered by the blog AndroidPolice. According to the blog, the recent version of Skype for Android leaves chat log and other key data on the device’s microSD card unencrypted, which could well act as an open invitation to the “dark forces” of the virtual world.

The blog said in its report, “The most interesting file one can gain access to is main.db. The accounts table in this database holds information such as account balance, full name, date of birth, city/state/country, home phone, office phone, cell phone, email addresses, your webpage, your bio, and more.” (http://www.tgdaily.com/security-features/55383-skype-for-android-vulnerability-exposes-names-and-chat-logs)

According to reports, Skype has confirmed the issue and promised an investigation in order to find the details of this breach, and the necessary solution to cover it.

"(We are) working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability,” Skype wrote on its blog.

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