AIM gives out email address?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sonofslim, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. sonofslim macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2003
    my brother was visiting yesterday and he needed to get in touch with a friend via AIM, so i set him up with iChat on my computer. i've never used it before, so he just entered his AIM account info and was online.

    but now i've started getting spam addressed to his name, at my email account -- what gives? did iChat somehow associate his account with my email address and pass that on to AIM, where it was harvested somehow?
  2. ingenious macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2004
    Washington, D.C.

    I've never heard of ichat doing this, but AOL does sell personal info.
  3. sonofslim thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2003
    sorry, i miss-spoke -- it's not spam, it's virus stuff. and even if AOL does sell personal info, how did my email get associated with my brother's AOL account, and how did some virus pick it up?
  4. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    I would assume IP linking somehow. Gotta watch those spider webs!!
  5. Freakk123 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    That sucks, man. Stuff like that has never happened to me, and I've had tons of people on my iChat! You're just unlikely.

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