Google Talk federation….

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

When Google Talk first came out, many people were excited that they were using the protocol that jabber is built on. There were also disappointments that ALL of the protocol hadn’t been implemented. In fact, the biggest disappointment many had was that a instant messenger user could not IM with a user. That [...]

AIM worm

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Strange AIM worm going around. It apparently includes an interesting combination of rootkits, a rootkit detector, spyware/adware, and a specialized bittorrent client. The machines can then be controlled through IRC. Source seems to be the Middle East… IM hackers then control a global botnet where their infections can be tested and payloads are pushed. Facetime [...]

Fake MS Messenger 8 beta and other IM warnings…

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

F-Secure is warning about ads for a “leaked version” of Windows Messenger 8 beta. There is no public beta of this and it is a virus…. If you download and run BETA8WEBINSTALL.EXE from that site, you won’t get a new chat client. Instead, your existing MSN Messenger will start to send download links to everyone [...]

More on the Santa IM worm

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

There are a couple of stories out about the Santa IM worm, otherwise known as IM.GiftCom.All. First up Sans has some interesting analysis of it. It appears that it’s being hosted at, when run it resolves to and attempts to open tcp port 53. It renames itself as c:\windows\winrpc.exe and sets up [...]

The Santa Worm

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

More coverage is being given to the instant messaging worm that poses as a come on for a Santa Claus related site today. The only thing I think that I left out in last nights post was the name of the bug… IM.GiftCom.All On visiting the advertised site a rootkit is installed on the visiting [...]

IM worm acts as a come on to a Santa Claus site

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

According to Information Week, there’s a new IM worm out hitting the MSN, ICQ, Yahoo and AIM networks. It poses as a come on for a Santa Claus site. On visiting the site, users receive an unexpected “present” a rootkit which is hidden.    Send article as PDF   

Google Talk update – Instant messenger service already live

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

I found a post at slashdot that Google Talk is already live. Earlier in the day there was talk (sorry…) that they were using Jabber. It looks like this person has found a way to login with his Gmail address and password and is (using a jabber compatible client) logged in to Google Talk.    [...]


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