Skype is Hit by Text Chat Bug

Skype has fallen victim to the latest text chat bug, causing its apps to repeatedly crash if a specific string of eight characters is sent to a user.

The flaw did not appear to affect Macs, however affected its software on iOS, Android and some versions of Windows.

A spokeswoman for Skype said: "[We] have rolled out updates for all impacted platforms."

Their action came a week after a similar but unrelated bug was found to affect texting apps on iPhones.

The bug found in Skype was first flagged by a Russia-based user on the company's community forum and the report was later brought to prominence by news site Venturebeat.

The report detailed a possible fix, prompting the person who sent the original message to delete it and the affected user to delete the Skype app and install an older version of the software.

However, even though this appeared to be an easy option for Windows, it was more complicated for iOS and Android devices.

Updates for all affected platforms have since been issued out.

The bug is similar to a text bug discovered last week that crashes iOS devices, which involves messaging, featuring specific strings of Arabic, Chinese and other non-Latin characters.

This flaw continues to affect Apple's messaging app as well as third-party services including Twitter and Snapchat.

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