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Skype users hit by bug

ONLINE users of telephone service Skype were hit with a bug which meant their private messages were sent to random contacts.

Users who recently updated their service have been warned that the bug in the software could, in rare cases, cause the messages to be sent to the wrong contact.

Skype said it hadn't determined how many users had been affected, but it believed the issue was fairly isolated because of the "very specific circumstances under which the error occurs."

A 'hotfix' will be available over the next few days for Windows, Mac, Linux and Windows Phone.