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December 23, 2014

Android Skype flaw facilitates eavesdropping

The intrusion can be done without much effort.

By CBR Staff Writer

Skype reportedly has a flaw which can allow users to eavesdrop through an Android device.

The flaw was discovered by Reddit user Ponkers who cited that users can force the Android version of Skype to answer calls.

Android Police reported Ponkers explaining: "first it requires two devices signed into Skype account Android phone (device 1) and desktop (device 2)."

"Now, if the user calls the target Android device (device 3) with the Android phone (device 1) and then disconnects from Internet while the target Android phone (device 3) has answered, it results in a call back from the target Android phone (device 3) to the user on desktop (device 2), and an automatic connection without the owner of the device necessarily knowing."

The process can only be completed if the user is logged in on a Skype app on the desktop, and must be connected to a webcam or microphone for the third user to intrude, reported NDTV Gadget.

According to reports, several users have explained the behaviour, but it is not known whether Skype is aware about the problem.


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