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.

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.

Associated Press