The world of Instant Messaging is full of warring bots, viruses, and Trojan attacks. Malicious hackers use instant messaging as a way to communicate with each other, as a way to compromise computers and networks, and as a way to allow their rogue creations to communicate with them. If this medium was able replace email as the default messaging model, antivirus companies would have a lot more work. Chapter 7 will explore the Instant Messaging medium.
real-time communications and is popularly known as
Instant Messaging allows a person to type a message, send it, and
have it viewed a second later by one person or thousands of people.
Most computer platforms contain some variation on the theme. The most
popular Internet chat program is AOL’s
™ (for local
network use). Internet Explorer 6.0 comes integrated with MSN
Messenger. Yahoo! has
™. Unix has dozens of IM
programs. IBM’s Lotus division has
™. Many email
systems are beginning to include some sort of IM client in response
to growing customer demand.
Some IM systems allow users to create lists of people who they would
like to chat with (often called
buddy lists ...