Skype absolves Microsoft from outage blame

Skype has clarified an earlier statement which appeared to blame Microsoft's monthly patch for last week's outage of the VoIP service. Skype had attributed the two-day crash of its service to a large number of Windows users logging on after rebooting their systems to install Microsoft's monthly updates. The flood of log-on requests effectively launched a denial-of-service attack against Skype's log-on service.

Owing to a lack of additional information, the justification seemed to blame Microsoft. On Tuesday, however, Skype posted a full admission that sought to clear the software giant."We do not blame anyone but ourselves," wrote Skype spokesman Villu Arak in a blog posting. "The Microsoft Update patches were merely a trigger for a series of events that led to the disruption of Skype, not the root cause of it. And Microsoft has been very helpful and supportive throughout."

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News source: vnunet

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