Aim fishbot, has it happened to you?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by chrmjenkins, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

    chrmjenkins

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    So, earlier I get a AIM message from someone I have no idea who it is, and its asking me if I think the Dow will drop below 6,000 this year. I ask who it is, and answer. The guy has no idea who I am, saying I messaged him first. ??? What's going on here?

    Well, it's actually a bot that ferrets out your username somewhere and sends a random message to you and another person, and automatically forwards the replies it gets to the other person. So, the situation is the same for both: you get a random message from someone you don't know, and you try to figure out what's going on. I dismissed it rather early, and immediately googled the SN to find out it's a bot part of a humorous scheme.

    A blog post sums it up well:
    http://nixiepixel.com/blog/index.php/aim-fish-bot-help

    Here is an excerpt of the conversation she endured

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    It's completely harmless and can be opted out of by sending $optout to the bot. Here's a blog of some of the hilarity that ensues:

    http://community.livejournal.com/themissinghat/
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  3. chrmjenkins thread starter macrumors 603

    chrmjenkins

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    Alas, I never did, but that gives me the freedom to aspire to some of the great names.
     

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