Jun 21, 2017

Hackers claim responsibility for Skype outage

A hacking group is claiming responsibility for connectivity problems affecting Skype over the last two days. The Skype outage began on Monday 19 June at 19:01 GMT. There have been numerous complaints that people were unable to log in, receive messages or make voice calls. The Skype outage has affected multiple countries across Europe, as well as Japan, Singapore, India, Pakistan and South Africa, according to service monitor Down Detector. There has been speculation that the Skype outage was caused by a Distributed Denial of Service attack on its network. "DDoS attacks are some of the most common approaches for taking down networks. Skype have not publicly gone into detail about what is happening, but the disruption we're seeing could certainly be explained by a DDoS attack amongst other possibilities," Dr Steven Murdoch, a cyber-security researcher in the department of computer science at University College London told the BBC News website.

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