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Skype has admitted its IP-chat software can accidentally send punters' private messages to the wrong person on their contact lists.

Skype 'fessed up to the cock-up on Monday, promised a fix was in development, and added that this would be available within days. Reports of the bug first surfaced on community support forums last week.

The Microsoft-owned company said in a statement:

This issue occurs only when a user's Skype client crashes during a Skype IM session, which may in some cases result in the last IM entered or sent prior to the crash being delivered to a different IM contact after the Skype client is rebooted or logged in as a new user.

Although we cannot determine precisely how many users may have been affected by this error, we believe the number is small given the very specific circumstances under which the error occurs.

The flaw exists on multiple platforms: builds for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS and Windows Phone are vulnerable. Users are urged to upgrade their software as soon as a patch becomes available. ®

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