Skype for Android Hacked, Personal Data an Easy Target

By Posted 15 Apr 2011, 06:52

We have some bad news for those of you who use Skype regularly on your Android handset, as it has been confirmed that a serious flaw has been discovered in the App, a flaw which would allow hackers to easily gain access to all of your personal information on your phone.

The flaw was discovered by the guys over at Android Police, and to prove that this was a serious problem, they even built an app called Skypwned which goes straight for all of your personal data as a result of this loophole in Skype.

It turns out that the Skype for Android app contains some SQLite3 databases, but these were not properly protected by Skype, and as a result the app is wide open for attack. There is an included video below which shows you exactly the problem at hand and how easy it is to swipe all of your personal data from Skype without the need for any usernames or passwords.

The good news, is that Skype are now aware of this problem and are investigating further. However, it doesn’t exactly put the minds at ease for the 10 million Skype users on Android does it.

Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts on this. Are you disappointed with Skype that your information can be stolen so easily? We’ll let you know when a fix is available.