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Skype calls instant-message privacy bug ‘rare’

NEW YORK — Skype, the online calling service, confirmed that a bug has caused instant messages to be sent to the wrong contacts.

Skype, which is owned by Microsoft Corp., said in a statement on Monday that only a ‘‘small number of users’’ were affected. Skype said it will send out a software update that wil fix the problem in the next few days.

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The bug was first described in Skype’s online support forums and reported in various technology blogs. Skype said it occurs when a user’s Skype program crashes during an instant message session.

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