Skype Logo-FSkype has acknowledged a concerning bug that is causing some messages to be sent to unintended contacts. Users on the Skype Support Network are reporting that friends in their contacts list are receiving some messages that were originally intended for them, and in some cases, the unintended recipient isn't even connected with the sender on Skype.

One user writes:

Messages sent by one contact (2 lines out of a hundred or so) were sent to another contact of mine. These 2 contacts are not connected on Skype. The 2 IMs appeared to be sent by me, so the other contact asked me if I sent them by mistake. That is the only reason I know it happened. Question is why and how often does it happen?

Skype insists this is a "rare" bug that is only affecting a small handful of users, but the company appreciates how significant the issue is, and promises that a fix will be issued in the next few days. In a short statement on its Support Network, the company wrote:

"We are aware that in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact. We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype."

If you're using Skype for confidential business purposes, it may be a good idea to avoid it until the fix arrives. And of course, as soon as it does arrive, we'd advise you to install as soon as possible.

Have you been experiencing this issue with Skype?

[via Engadget]