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Strange Skype bug sends IMs to wrong contacts

Skype has acknowledged a bug that is mistakenly sending contacts' instant messages to unknown third parties.

"We are aware in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact," Skype said in a blog post. "We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Reports of the bug first popped up on the Skype message boards last week.

"[A] few days ago one friend from my contact list has received few messages I had already received before from other my skype contact. It seemed these messages were sent by me. It is really confusing," wrote SunnyLady78, who added that since the June Skype upgrade, the program has been working "very strange."

User strayle continued the thread, explaining that messages that he or she had with two other contacts, who were not connected to one another, began circulating.

User bla84 found an exchange between one of his contacts and an unknown third person in his chat history.

On Friday, Skype Community Manager Claudius responded to the thread and said "we are currently investigating and hope to provide a solution for this soon."

The problem may be turning some Skype users away, like strayle, who admitted that "I am not really inclined to use Skype until this is addressed."

User kuldardiggy, who wrote on Saturday that the issue is a very serious and a major concern, gave up this morning. "This is still going on," kuldardiggy wrote today. "This is it, I'm out!"

The company, which became an official division of Microsoft in October, currently stores IMs for a maximum of 30 days, according to Skype's privacy policy.