Skype blog back online after defacement last week

On New Year's Day last week, the official Twitter and Facebook accounts for Skype got compromised by the hacker group known as the Syrian Electronic Army. The SEA used those outlets to send messages claiming that Skype and its parent Microsoft were snooping in on user messages and conversations. The attacks also hit the official Skype blog.

While both the Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly reclaimed by Microsoft, with those messages deleted, the company did not fix the official Skype blogs immediately. Instead, Microsoft redirected anyone who went to the blogs.skype.com URL to the main Skype.com page.

Today, five days after the SEA attack, Microsoft finally restored the Skype blogs and allowed visitors to check the site out once again. The first post since the shutdown acknowledged the downtime but mostly repeated what Microsoft previously told members of the media: "No user information was compromised, and Skype’s service was not affected." 

It's currently unknown why it took Microsoft so long to restore the Skype blogs. The company would not comment on this question when we posed it to them last week. It's possible that Microsoft simply wanted to make sure there were no more security holes in its social networking system before the blogs were brought back online.

Source: Skype blogs | Image via Microsoft

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skype used to be so cool, then i started seeing ads and the process used up about 100k memory and above, now i dont use this program anymore, before, though, it used to be one of my must-haves

Saex_Conroy said,
skype used to be so cool, then i started seeing ads and the process used up about 100k memory and above, now i dont use this program anymore, before, though, it used to be one of my must-haves

You're upset that a complex video messaging app uses more than 100k of memory? What decade are you from, the 80's?

i never used the video features and there was no option to download a plain client with just chat and nothing esle

you're bothered that someone might not like the way a certain program is?! what subculture are you from, tech obsession committee?

the main thing i dislike is the new system they implemented which saves our convos... and they removed the free screen sharing .... microsoft are just complete richards

Saex_Conroy said,
i never used the video features and there was no option to download a plain client with just chat and nothing esle

Skype is mainly for video chat and VoIP. However you have a point because they retired MSN Messenger in favor of skype and they haven't made one purely for plain chat. I would recommend using the web version. just go to Outlook.com or any other Microsoft Service. it would snap to the right and it has FB chat.