Microsoft has been left with egg on their face after initially telling users that they had resolved a major problem that saw their Skype service crash.
Shortly after the issuing of the alert users were still reporting problems with some organisations now suggesting that Skype has been hacked.
what is not clear is whether the issue is just operational or whether hackers have got access to skype financial data.
In a tweet at 1408 GMT June 19, Skype support admitted that, “There is an ongoing incident affecting the ability to connect to the application.” In another tweet at 1745, Skype support claimed, “We have resolved the issue affecting Skype connectivity. Thank you for your patience, and enjoy Skype!”
Downdetector.com shows that problems are affecting most of the world, including the eastern United States, countries in Europe and bits of Asia as well as Australia.
Skype crashed for millions of people around the world late yesterday.
Users in Europe appearing to be the worst affected.
A group of cyber criminals have claimed that they are behind the attack, but this is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft.
Microsoft, who owns Skype, has confirmed the issue on Twitter, referring to the outage as a ‘global incident.’
Skype Support tweeted: ‘There is an ongoing incident affecting the ability to connect to the application. We are investigating, stay tuned!’
Earlier today I had problems accessing Skype, I was later able to use Skype.
The firm has said that the incident is causing users to either lose connectivity to the app, or lose their ability to send and receive messages.
According to a blog posted by Microsoft, some users are having problems with group calling, while others are experiencing delays adding users to their friend list.
Microsoft has refused to give details on the problem, but reports by CNET suggest that a DDoS attack may be the cause. CNET has referred to tweets by a group of cyber criminals, called CyberTeam, who tweeted: ‘Skype down by CyberTeam’