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Hacking group claims responsibility for global Skype outage

A hacking group that goes by the name of CyberTeam, has claimed responsibility for the recent outage of Microsoft’s communication service, Skype.

The Skype Support Twitter account referred to the outage as a “global incident,” but the majority of issues seemed to be contained within Europe.

The problems began on Monday June 19, and were acknowledged by Microsoft in an official blog post later that day.

The blog stated:

Hello, 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 them that a group call is ongoing, and longer delays in adding users to their buddy list.

[UPDATE Jun 20, 2017 14:00 GMT]: We’re seeing improvements and users also signal us they can use Skype. However, there are still users that may experience the issue – we’re working on that!

[UPDATE Jun 20, 2017 20:00 GMT]: We have made some configuration corrections and mitigated the impact. We are continuing to monitor and we will post an update when the issue is fully resolved.

Microsoft announced yesterday evening (Wednesday) that the issue had been “completely resolved.”

CyberTeam claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack via Twitter on Monday, and expressed plans to take down gaming network Steam next.



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