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Skype outage: Hacking group CyberTeam claims responsibility

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Home > News > Skype outage: Hacking group CyberTeam claims responsibility

It is speculated that DDoS attack was carried out on Skype networks.


Earlier this week, Skype services were disrupted owing to some connectivity issues. Now, a hacker group has claimed responsibility for taking down the communication service. Hacking group CyberTeam posted on Twitter, claiming responsibility for the attack. Skype outage started on June 19 and affected users in multiple countries across Europe, Japan, India, Singapore, Pakistan and South Africa.

In a blog post, Skype’s Jagadish Harihara acknowledged that some users were unable to connect to the service.”We are aware of an incident where users will either lose connectivity to the application or may be unable to send or receive messages. Some users will be unable to see a black bar that indicates them that a group call is ongoing, and longer delays in adding users to their buddy list,” Harihara wrote.

Although the issue had been fully resolved as of June 21, CyberTeam hacking group posted their tweets soon after carrying out the attack on Skype. In their second tweet, the group indicated that its next target will be gaming platform Steam. ALSO READ: Microsoft Skype’s new major redesign takes inspiration from Facebook Messenger, Snapchat

As for Skype, it is speculated that the hackers carried out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the network. The DDoS attacks are fairly common in cybercrime to take down networks. Skype is yet to publicly acknowledge that a hacking attempt caused the service to crash. Although a DDoS attack does not compromise users’ personal details, it is unclear since Microsoft is yet to officially comment on CyberTeam claiming responsibility. RELATED: Here’s why Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram have all turned into each other’s clones

The attacks come soon after Microsoft redesigned its Skype interface. The new features take inspiration from Snapchat and include bots, add-ins, allow users to share photos, videos and more. Users can choose a particular color for their conversations. In addition to that, a new reaction feature allows users to react to chats which will be visible next to any message or video call, similar to how it works on Facebook.