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AIM hackery
I'm getting kinda tired of random IMs coming out of the blue from screen names whose users didn't send them. If I answer, some of them get pissy because they think I IMed them out of the blue. At the very least, everyone gets confused.

This afternoon, I got the question "What would it take to bring the world back from the brink of a zombie invasion?" from such a random user, and of course replied, "We could always distract them with banana pancakes..." That must've seemed odd, out of context. :-)

Some brief Googling hasn't revealed anything about this, but I may be looking wrong. Anyone know what's behind this nonsense? I'm assuming it's some sort of bot or spyware that runs on someone's PC, grabs two random screen names from their buddy list, and sends an innocuous-sounding message from one to the other. Or something like that. The point escapes me; I suppose they could be harvesting valid AIM screen names for future spamming.

While I know I could block IMs from screen names who aren't on my buddy list, that would make it impossible for real people who came by my contact info legitimately to reach me. That would suck.
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chesther From: chesther Date: September 4th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea, but banana pancakes sound interesting.
pamelaneko From: pamelaneko Date: September 4th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the Hatting/Salmoning thing.

http://community.livejournal.com/themissinghat/profile?mode=full
http://community.livejournal.com/themissinghat/16480.html

ohhhhhhhh I hate that shit. I used to get a random IM every time I updated my LJ.
From: 5251962 Date: September 4th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
YOu talking about the trouts?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: September 4th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Apparently, thanks to the links from Pam above. This still pisses me off, but at least now I know what's going on and could theoretically do something about it.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: September 5th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
So in other words, it's because you have your aim id listed at livejournal? I don't list that. I don't get random messages.
From: 5251962 Date: September 5th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
:D I actually found a way to let the trout/salmon etc- well not the bot but the person on the other end know what is up! I tell them to go to livejournal and do an interest search for random_conversations and find themadhatter . Worked for meeeeee.
chic I am talking to her name is Toria, too, that's oooooodd. But I think nifty.
roosterhillfrm From: roosterhillfrm Date: September 8th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I get them whenever I use the IM client to update ping.fm.
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