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The high number of restarts affected Skypeâ€™s network resources, he says. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.
"Normally Skypeâ€™s peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, however, this event revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly," writes Arak. "Regrettably, as a result of this disruption, Skype was unavailable to the majority of its users for approximately two days. The issue has now been identified explicitly within Skype. We can confirm categorically that no malicious activities were attributed or that our usersâ€™ security was not, at any point, at risk."
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