December 27, 2007 at 6:37 pm #28084
I've been recently flooded with instant messages, by one of my blog-haters. It consist in receiving hundreds of IM from ghost ID's. They cascade on your screen until finally your Yahoo! Messenger client (I use the Mac version) crashes.
I'm almost honoured to say I haven't seen the method before, so I guess it was developed for me – by this guy I kept getting problems from – al the way to hacking into my ID – which I'm impressed about, although I think it could get really “popular” among people that wanna ruin people's ability to IM with Yahoo.
When you try to reconnect, you can barely do it, due to massive offline messages.
This is a snap-shot of the flood, but connected into Adium, a Mac soft that combines different IM services.
Til Yahoo! people take notice and developed a method to ambush this, here's a hint – not guaranteed:
I managed to reconect for a few seconds. I don't know why – I'm no expert, but on the Mac version, under firewall, I didn't disconnect so fact from the tons of offlines. And in my prefferenced privacy tab I ticked the option so that no one that's not on my list can send messages, without first me accepting their ID.
So far, I didn't receive ghost IM anymore.December 27, 2007 at 11:58 pm #165866mfenechMember
Welcome to Yahoo. 😉December 28, 2007 at 3:54 pm #165865geetarplyrMember
The hundreds of messages is nothing new , been around for a while . Under preferences , messages , where it says when I receive messages from people not on my list ,click the one that says ” show the messages in a single window ” that should help you .December 28, 2007 at 5:28 pm #165867
I don't have that option on the Mac Yahoo! Messenger. All I could do is ignore all people not on my list.
If I had had what you suggested (hypotetically) wouldn't that still clogg messenger to the point of cracking down, considering it's a lot of ghost IM from a lot of different ID's?December 30, 2007 at 3:58 am #165863gayle_bcoMember
i had that very same experience today when i upset a gentleman in chat. his id is ” ddbbll_dipped ” once i upset him he called me several off names and then hundreds of chat boxes popped up, i logged off and back on and there was a request for me to be added to his friends list, once denied, hundred again, all with different names popped. Re logging off and one again, he send me a “buzz” and i promptly ignored him. Is this done, can he only do this to me if i reply to him or could he do this again>? Is there anything i can do to stop him besides the ignore?December 30, 2007 at 11:00 am #165868
What do you mean can he only do this to you?…
You have HIS ID on ignore, so he won't be bothering you with any messages.
And you have to set your messenger on “ignoring all ID that are not on your list”, so you don't get the hundreeds of ghost IM pop-ups.
Of course, in this case, you ignore people that want to talk to you in good intend, but don't think to also send a add to list request. That's, I'm sorry to say, collateral damage. (So In case you exchange IDs with someone in real life, be sure to tell them to first send a friends request.)February 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm #165869trixieMember
You will get other pops ups like friend requests and cam requests even if your cam isn't on or they will send one to you over and over, they're sending you “packets”. You can't get around it basically unless you use a chat client.
As someone stated above…..Welcome to Yahoo!!!February 10, 2008 at 12:12 am #165864imported_Ven0mMember
Well, regardless of ignoring users, you still receive the packets somebody sends you. Yahoo is a miserable failure in that way. It's sad really. There are ways to prevent packet/IM floods, yet, they don't do anything about it. Oh well, what can you expect from a free service, other than script kiddies and wannabe hackers. 🙂
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