Hacking AIM


When America Online launched AOL Instant Messenger in late 1997, it quickly became a smash hit. It was a new form of communication that took the world by storm. Today, more than five different protocols exist for Instant Messaging. AIM exists, firstly, as a marketing medium. At least 200 million people around the world use AIM, and that is a conservative number. Of those, most people still use the standard AIM client, which delivers pictorial and video advertising straight to the user. The emphasis, therefore, was on features, not security. As such, there are multiple ways of compromising the security of the standard AIM client. This article will provide a quick overview of some of the exploits in the 5.x version. The newest version, Triton, is not covered, but many of the same tricks can be done. Network Stability Resource, Article...

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 30th December 2005 9:06PM