AOL Instant Messenger security hole-Truth! but Resolved!
A Security Hole in AOL Instant Messenger–Truth! but Resolved!
Summary of eRumor:
1-03-02 A warning that says that a security hole has been discovered in AOL Instant Messenger that can allow hackers to access your computer.
This was true, but a spokesman for AOL, Andrew Weinstein, says there were no security breaches that they’ve heard of and that the problem has been fixed.
Because the glitch was in their system at AOL, it has been fixed without customers having to download any new software or patches.
According to Weinstein, the flaw was in AOL’s most recent Windows version 4.7 and did not affect non-Windows machines.
Last updated 1/5/02
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
> > Date: 01-03-02 > >New security hole is a threat to your privacy! > > A
>newly discovered security hole in AOL Time Warner’s Instant Messenger can
> >allow hackers full access to your computer’s data. AOL is currently
>working on >developing a security patch that will fix this vulnerability
>without the user having >to download a fix. In the meantime it is
>recommended that you do not accept >Instant Messages from Screen Names you
>do not know. > >*DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, you will not receive a
>response. If you have a question >regarding your protection plan go to the
>Customer Service Center at
> >http://www.promiseguard.com/customerservicecenter > >