Source: ARS Technica

Skype has been facing several issues since 19th June in several places across the world including emerging markets like India. People have been facing problems in connectivity, sending and receiving messages and much more. Over the last two days, the messaging platform, which is widely used by business firms and companies, has affected many of its users.

Skype looking into the matter, problem still unsolved

A hacking group has claimed responsibility for connectivity problems that have affected the messaging platform over the last two days. The Skype outage started on 19th June – Monday – at around 19:01 GMT and it is still not resolved by the widely used platform. Since Monday, there have been several complaints that people were not able to log in to their account, send or receive messages and make or received skype voice calls.

CyberTeam – a hacking group – announced on the micro-blogging site ‘Twitter’ that it was responsible for the attack. According to service monitor Down Detector, the skype outage has affected many countries across Europe, as well as India, South Africa, Japan and Pakistan.

The windows maker has published a blog about the outage but has refused to comment more on the matter. On Monday, Jagadish Harihara wrote on his blog post, “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 that a group call is ongoing, and longer delays in adding users to their buddy list.” He updated his post on Tuesday at around 20:00 GMT saying that they have made some configuration corrections and mitigated the impact. He added, “We are continuing to monitor and we will post an update when the issue is fully resolved.”

Skype Down by Cyberteam, tweet the hacking group

In a tweet, the hacking group named ‘CyberTeam’ claimed responsibility for the attack. The tweet reads, “Skype Down by Cyberteam.” Another tweet from the same hacking group points out that it wants to target the digital gaming platform ‘Steam’ next.

Before, there were some rumors saying that the cyberattack was caused by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on its network. In an interview to the BBC News website, Dr Steven Murdoch, a cyber-security researcher in the department of computer science at University College London, said “DDoS attacks are some of the most common approaches for taking down networks. Skype have not publicly gone into detail about what is happening, but the disruption we’re seeing could certainly be explained by a DDoS attack amongst other possibilities.” He added “Some DDoS attacks can be extremely large and can disrupt even the largest companies. We’ll have to wait and see whether Skype could have handled the situation better. But on the upside, if it is a DDoS attack, this does not affect customers’ private details.”