Skype blog, social accounts breached

10:28 AM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - The official blog and social network accounts for Microsoft's web calling service Skype appear to have been breached.

Wednesday night via its Twitter account, Skype said: "You may have noticed our social media properties were targeted today. No user info was compromised. We're sorry for the inconvenience."

Earlier, a post published Wednesday on the official Skype blog featured the headline, "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!"

Meanwhile, a pair of tweets attributed to the SEA were posted on Skype's official Twitter account. "Stop Spying on People! via Syrian Electronic Army," reads a portion of one of the tweets.

Skype's Facebook page had also apparently been compromised. "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail,outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling it to the governments," reads a message on Skype's Facebook page with the hashtag "#SEA."

The messages on Facebook and Twitter appear to have been deleted. The service's blogs now redirect to the Skype home page.

"We recently became aware of a targeted cyber attack that led to access to Skype's social media properties, but these credentials were quickly reset," said Skype in a statement. "No user information was compromised."

This is the second tech service that has fallen victim to a breach. Earlier reports claim several million usernames and phone numbers for messaging service Snapchat had been leaked.

USA TODAY

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