Why would anybody use ICQ again?

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    Why would anybody use ICQ again?

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    Also please note that the ICQ service and software, as with most Internet applications, is vulnerable to various security issues and hence should be considered unsecured. By using the ICQ service and software and the Internet in general, you may be subject to various risks, including among others:

    * Exposure to objectionable material and/or parties, including without limitation, contaminated files.

    * Unauthorized invasion of your privacy during, or as a result of, your use or another's use of the system.

    * Spoofing, eavesdropping, sniffing, spamming, breaking passwords, harassment, fraud, forgery, "imposturing", electronic trespassing, tampering, hacking, nuking, system contamination including without limitation use of viruses, worms and Trojan horses causing unauthorized, damaging or harmful access and/or retrieval of information and data on your computer and other forms of activity that may even be considered unlawful.




    lol, I just thougt it was funny that they would come out and say it like that.
    There are some real morons in this world please do not become one of them, do not become a victim of moronitis. PROGRAMMING IS THE FUTURE...THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!!!!!!!

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    Yeah, there are numerous pages all over the internet that are entitled 'How to hack/spam/sniff etc ICQ' (delete as appropriate).

    It's very vulnerable to attack. I only used it for a week or so until I happened across some of these pages whilst looking for some details of a virus.

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    yeah, there is a program out there called subseven that if you enter their number and they are on, you will get access to almost anything on their computer. wouldn't be bad if programs like that couldn't work...

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    However on the whole, I still prefer MSN and Windows Messenger. I find them far more stable and consistant than ICQ.

    I've heard about subseven. You have to admit, it's clever.
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    AOL Instant messenger is also pretty good.......even though it's aol that's about the only good thing aol has........ Sorry no offense to the aol users outthere, but that's just what I like about aol.......not saying that it is crap.
    There are some real morons in this world please do not become one of them, do not become a victim of moronitis. PROGRAMMING IS THE FUTURE...THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!!!!!!!

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    Originally posted by Korn1699
    yeah, there is a program out there called subseven that if you enter their number and they are on, you will get access to almost anything on their computer. wouldn't be bad if programs like that couldn't work...
    Actually it works nothing like that, you have to put a server on their computer first, then you have the optional ability to be NOTIFIED by ICQ. Nothing more.

    >>You have to admit, it's clever.

    Quite the contrary. I'm willing to bet I could hack out the same thing in C, and I believe s7 was made in VB. It's just simply the client connects to the server and sends commands (SCREENCAPTURE, BROWSE_DRIVE, etc) which the server executes, and sends info back to the client. And they're all really simple windows commands, too.

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    Not the design of it. It was written in VB I believe... just the idea.

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    Well another thing is that it was in no way the first of its kind. It just caught on because its ease-of-use and various utilities.

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    The funny part though is that you can open the person's cd drive, or so i've heard. Now wouldn't that be funny. All of a sudden you are typing and WHAM, your drive opens. It would be a good prank to play on your comp illiterate friends.

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    >Sorry no offense to the aol users outthere, but that's just what I like about aol.......not saying that it is crap.

    He may not be saying it, but I am.
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    do you still have those problems if you use trillion?
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    it's trillian.. and probably yes.

    you are still running on ICQ servers.

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    >>Actually it works nothing like that, you have to put a server on their computer first, then you have the optional ability to be NOTIFIED by ICQ. Nothing more.

    First you put your 'evil bot' on to the system thru a video, mp3 or other inocent looking app. (a variant of the UNIX timato bot and ultimately a variant of ICQ chat bots)

    When the PC connects to the internet, the bot logs on to a private ICQ chat room and you send the trojan (like s7) to the PC. You can then take control of the PC and use it as extra bandwidth in DDoS or DRDoS attacks.

    These are called 'zombie bots' by the media.

    XP being the OS of choice as it provides raw socket level functions (IP debugging functions) with no security (no NT priveleges so all apps have root level access). This allows IP spoofing ect without third party software that usually stuffs up you DNS under Win9x.

    At least one new program appears on cracking / secutity sites each day.
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    trillian.cc

    Some of the insecure features of ICQ are disabled so trillian really is the best choice if you MUST use ICQ. Trillian is still cool anyway:
    ad-free, multi-server, multi-name(on the same server), skinnable, transparent mode(nice but sorta slow), and you can use it for basic IRC connections.

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    I still use icq.....i'v been using it for a long time now....I think

    Is it loosing it's popularity? Not many people r using it these days.....b4, there used 2 b 1000s of people online that u could find in a few searches......but now....there r hardly 100s
    oh i'm sorry! i didn;t realize my fist was rushing to meet ur face!

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