Global Skype outage linked to cyber attack

Microsoft has confirmed that Skype is experiencing a global outage

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Global Skype outage linked to cyber attack The company is yet to announce what is causing the problem. (David Ramos/Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 21, 2017

Microsoft has acknowledged that its communication service Skype is suffering from connectivity outages.

The company is yet to announce what is causing the problem, however there have been claims that the outage could be potentially linked to a cyber-attack, and most likely a DDoS attack.

It has been reported that cybercriminals Cyber Team tweeted ‘Skype down by CyberTeam', adding fuel to the speculation.

Microsoft confirmed the outage on its blog:

"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."

The blog was later updated, which read:

"[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."

UPDATE - Microsoft has confirmed that the problem has been solved.

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