Articles about Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo! won't! fix! emoticon! exploit! in! death! row! Messenger!

Updated Hacker Julien Ahrens says Yahoo! Messenger contains a remote code execution hole that the Purple Palace won't fix. The buffer overflow holes (CVE-2014-7216) will keep bleeding, Ahrens says, because Yahoo! has told him the relevant app is end-of-life and therefore low on Yahoo!'s to-do list. Yahoo! has been contacted for …
Darren Pauli, 10 Sep 2015

'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

Yahoo! has announced major encryption improvements designed to thwart dragnet surveillance efforts by the likes of the NSA. Alex Stamos, Yahoo!'s recently appointed CISO (chief information security officer), said the internet giant has finished encrypting traffic between its data centres. Stamos also outlined a roadmap for …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2014
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Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

Microsoft is reported to be retiring its popular messaging client in favour of Skype. Long-time Microsoft watcher Tom Warren writes here that the Windows Live Messenger service is to be wound up in the coming months and folded into Skype. An announcement is expected possibly as soon as this week. The Register contacted …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Nov 2012
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Yahoo! announces last hurrah of ancient AltaVista search

Fans of the venerable AltaVista search engine – whomever they might be – have just a little over a week to comb the web like it's 1996, because Yahoo! will soon shut down the service along with 11 other unloved offerings. Seemingly taking a page from rival Google, which regularly mothballs batches of its less successful products …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jun 2013

UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

British spies allegedly intercepted and stored nude pics and other stills from millions of Yahoo! Messenger webcams – and mulled capturing snaps from the XBox's Kinect camera, too. The UK intelligence agency GCHQ started slurping photos from innocent netizens' camera feeds in 2008, The Guardian reported today. In just one six- …
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2014

'I promise you I will win', says completely sane presidential candidate John McAfee

QuoTW This week new iStuffs were showcased, a scary luggage hack popped up and a gaming icon turned 30. Now for some of the best quotes from the past seven days. America's favourite gun-toting anti-virus tycoon John McAfee has thrown his hat in to the 2016 presidential race. McAfee has made himself the official cyber party …
Team Register, 13 Sep 2015

Yahoo! Messenger! Trojan! false alarm!

Check Point's personal firewall software falsely identified a component of Yahoo! Messenger as a Trojan this week. ZoneAlarm Pro mistakenly pegged an audio conferencing ActiveX control within Yahoo Messenger as the Yspy Trojan. As a result users of the software were prompted to delete yacscom.dll, a critical component of the IM …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2008

Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

Want a bacon, avocado and cucumber salad? Next year, you'll be able to order it with emoji. In among the po-faced work of setting standards, the Unicode Consortium is considering adding those three emoji to the character set – along with pregnancy, crossed fingers, a nauseated face, a clown and a cowboy, and a bunch of others. …
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Yahoo! 0-day! exploit! hijacks! status! updates!

Security researchers have discovered an unpatched flaw in Yahoo! Messenger that allows miscreants to change any user's status message. Hijacked status updates are a handy way to persuade a victim's contacts to click on a link and lead them to a dangerous website. Worse still, the bug in version 11.x of the Messenger client …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2011

Buggy ActiveX controls menace Yahoo! Messenger

ActiveX controls - so often the source of Internet Explorer flaws - are the font of two newly discovered flaws in Yahoo! Messenger. Buffer overflow-related security bugs in the Yahoo! Webcam Upload (ywcupl.dll) ActiveX control and Webcam Viewer (ywcvwr.dll) ActiveX control allow hackers to inject malware onto Windows PCs …
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2007

Yahoo! Messenger! in! security! flap!

Yahoo! Messenger users have been warned to update their IM software following the discovery of a serious security bug. The vulnerability - which involves an unspecified buffer overflow bug in the IM client's YMailAttach ActiveX control - creates a potential means for hackers to take control of Windows (and only Windows) PCs. …
John Leyden, 18 Dec 2006
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Yahoo! Messenger! users! face! attack! by! video!

Yahoo Messenger users beware: Your mother was right when she told you not to chat with strangers. A newly discovered zero-day vulnerability in the widely-used chat program proves this was sound advice. According to a blog entry by McAfee, company researchers have been able to confirm a report on a Chinese language security …
Dan Goodin, 16 Aug 2007
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Yahoo! preps (cellular) video chat for iPhone, Android

Yahoo! plans to one-up Apple's FaceTime video-calling capability with a new version of its Yahoo! Messenger mobile app that not only supports video calls, but — unlike Wi-Fi–only FaceTime — will also do so over carriers' wireless networks. According to Reuters, the app will not only let users of its iPhone and Android-phone …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2010

PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

A new Trojan that distributes itself through Facebook instant messaging and Yahoo! Messenger has claimed hundreds of victims. Computer systems have been infected by the software nasty in the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Romania, the US and Canada during the past week or so, according to Romanian antivirus firm Bitdefender. …
John Leyden, 27 May 2014

Yahoo! patch squashes messenger bug

Yahoo! bug crushers have plugged a serious hole in Yahoo! Messenger that made it possible for bad guys to remotely take control of a user's machine. The update became available less than 24 hours after an anonymous hacker posted proof-of-concept code that demonstrated how the vulnerability could be exploited. The vulnerability …
Dan Goodin, 08 Jun 2007
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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

A public autopsy of sophisticated intelligence-gathering spyware Regin is causing waves today in the computer security world. But here's a question no one's answering: given this super-malware first popped up in 2008, why has everyone in the antivirus industry kept quiet about it until now? Has it really taken them years to …
Iain Thomson, 24 Nov 2014
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Yahoo! hooks self into Twitter

Yahoo! has unveiled a wide range of new additions to its sweeping online portal, including a handful of search tools, hooks into the micro-blogging service known as Twitter, and games from the "social" gaming giant Zynga. Today, during a press event alongside the Web 2.0 Summit in downtown San Francisco, the company also …
Cade Metz, 16 Nov 2010
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Yahoo! releases! Android! apps!

Yahoo has released a couple of native Android applications tied to its services and sprinkled some HTML 5 dust over its iOS offerings. Those who want Google's platform, but also access to Yahoo's servers, can now have both with a dedicated application thanks to Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger going native on Android. Meanwhile …
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2010

'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

A highly advanced malware instance said to be as sophisticated as the famous Stuxnet and Duqu has has been detected. "Regin" has security researchers opining it may be nastier than both. "Regin" malware is thought to have been developed by a nation-state because of the financial clout needed to produce code of this complexity. …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2014
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New Yahoo! Messenger piles on the pounds

Review Yahoo! has revamped its popular instant-messaging software, calling it "The All New Yahoo! Messenger". The interface is definitely more refined, but the overall impression is one of feature-bloated software. The upgrade (Windows only) is one of the software's most dramatic makeovers to date. The new look and feel focuses more …
Jan Libbenga, 28 Apr 2004
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Yahoo! Messenger! multiple! vulns!

There are two new Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM) vulnerabilities which can potentially compromise a user's machine, Vietnamese researcher Phuong Nguyen has discovered. Yahoo! has been notified and a fixed version is available for download here. First up, an unchecked buffer which enables any URL beginning with 'ymsgr:' to call …
Thomas C Greene, 28 May 2002
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Yahoo! stacks big, purple mobile pack

Yahoo! launched a new version of its mobile page today, stacking nearly every Yahoo! service along with other popular web utilities into a tall drink of web portal. The new Yahoo! Mobile has also been rolled into a new application for the iPhone - which is quite similar to the website but divides the action into separate …
Austin Modine, 01 Apr 2009

Yahoo! Mail! vuln! fixed!

Yahoo! has fixed a vulnerability that left users of its popular webmail service at risk of having their login credentials stolen. The cross-site scripting flaw, which allowed session IDs to be be stolen, involves the interaction between Yahoo! mail and the Yahoo! Messenger instant messaging client. The flaw was discovered in May …
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2008
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Yahoo!: the future is HTML5 (plus native code)

For Yahoo!, the future of mobile applications is HTML5. But that doesn't mean they'll run solely on the web. "I think you'll always have [mobile] applications with native components because you'll have some elements where native will be better optimized," Sandeep Gupta, the man who oversees Yahoo!'s mobile app development, tells …
Cade Metz, 09 Jul 2010
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Yahoo! reinvades! Iran!

Yahoo! has reinstated its free webmail services in Iran, less than a year after the firm blocked new registrations from the country citing tighter US sanctions. Iran has also reappeared in the registration country list of Microsoft's Hotmail service. Last November we reported how both had blocked new webmail and instant …

Yahoo! battered by second ActiveX vulnerability

Yahoo! users are urged to upgrade their instant messaging software following the discovery of a brace of security vulnerabilities - the second set of serious security flaws involving Yahoo! Messenger in as many weeks. The latest security bugs both stem from stack-based buffer overflow flaws in the YVerInfo.dll ActiveX control. …
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2007
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Snowden: NSA whacks US in the WALLET, slurps millions of contacts books

The National Security Agency is hurting the US economy with its "dragnet" surveillance, says uber-leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden made his remarks at an event in Russia last week, footage of which surfaced on Monday. He also alleged, via The Washington Post, that the NSA has been slurping the contents of some 250 million …
Jack Clark, 15 Oct 2013
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Yahoo! IM! in! flaw! flap!

Older versions of Yahoo! Messenger are subject to a security flaw that could allow crackers to run hostile code on vulnerable systems, according to security researchers. The vulnerability stems from a buffer overflow bug in versions of Yahoo! Messenger earlier than The latest version ( of Yahoo! Messenger …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2004
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Yahoo! chat bug gives scope for mischief

Security researchers have discovered a denial of service vulnerability involving Yahoo!'s popular instant messaging client. Hackers can potentially disconnect users from chat sessions by sending malformed packets to Yahoo! Messenger servers. The flaw stems from a glitch in processing routines used to process URL handler links, …
John Leyden, 20 May 2005
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3! inks! deal! with! Yahoo!

3 is to give its punters unrestricted access to the wibbly wobbly web following a deal with Yahoo!. The 3G phone outfit has signed a global agreement with the internet giant to use its mobile internet services. The pair will work together to offer 3's punters services such as Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Mobile Web, Yahoo! Messenger …
Tim Richardson, 29 Jun 2006
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Yahoo! Unveils! New! Mail! Service!

You can now use Yahoo! Mail to swap text messages with mobile phones. If you're living in the right country. With the popular web-based mail client approaching its tenth anniversary, Yahoo! has unveiled a shiny new version that trades texts with any cell phone in the U.S., Canada, India, and the Philippines. We send our …
Cade Metz, 27 Aug 2007

Yahoo! comes under Xfire

Online gaming platform and community Xfire has counterattacked in a IM patent punch-up which saw Yahoo! last month file suit against the company. Yahoo! claims that Xfire - founded by Quake world champion Dennis "Thresh" Fong and former Direct Hit CEO Mike Cassidy - has infringed Patent No. 6,699,125, which describes …
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2005
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Yahoo! can! get! stuffed!

Opinion I now have a Danger Hiptop, or Sidekick II, which does Yahoo! instant messaging. I also have a Palm Treo 600, which has Verichat - which does Yahoo! instant messaging. I think the time has come to kick Yahoo! messenger into the bin. The last straw, for me, is not the insistence on launching a browser every time I start the PC, …
Guy Kewney, 05 Oct 2004
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Superworm Crisis eats Macs, VMware and - shock - Windows

Security watchers have discovered a virus strain that compromises VMware virtual machines as well as infecting Mac OS X and Windows computers and Windows Mobile devices. It demonstrates previously unseen capabilities in the process. The Crisis malware typically arrives in a Java archive file (.jar) and is typically installed by …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2012
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Yahoo! declares! digital! music! price! war!

Yahoo! today opens the virtual doors of Yahoo! Music Unlimited (YMU). And it has immediately issued a challenge to rival music download subscription services to lower their prices in response to its own bargain-basement "introductory" tariffs. The US-only service is backed by MusicNet, the online music distributor formerly …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2005
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Mobile operators have another go at killing IM and Skype

Global trade body the GSMA is pushing its operator-interaction API Joyn with an emulator enabling developers to start work. It has also just announced that US mobile carrier MetroPCS has Joyned the club. MetroPCS follows a handful of European operators in deploying the platform which the GSMA is hoping will drag customers back …
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2012

Yahoo! pushes IM into the Enterprise

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Yahoo! Inc yesterday unveiled its strategy to push instant messaging into the enterprise, saying its massive installed base will help it compete against established pure-play IM providers, and should ultimately force the three big IM players to interoperate, Kevin Murphy writes. Yahoo! …
ComputerWire, 08 Oct 2002
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Yahoo! buys eGroups to spam users with ads

Yahoo! has agreed to buy eGroups for $430 million and fold the business into its exisiting communication businesses - Yahoo!Mail, Yahoo!Messenger and Yahoo!Clubs. eGroups, which was set up to help Net users form and maintain email groups, is now going to generate ad revenue for Yahoo! eGroups claims its 17 million members have …
Team Register, 29 Jun 2000
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Adobe's Flex grabs top project slot at Apache

Adobe’s Flash-friendly Flex application development framework is now a grown-up Apache Software Foundation (ASF) project. Flex has been granted Top-Level Project (TLP) status by the ASF open-source group, "signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2013
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Yahoo! takes! stake! in Sonora! Zed!

US Internet giant Yahoo! said on Tuesday it had acquired a 15 percent stake in European wireless portal Sonera Zed. The two firms declined to put a value on the deal, though early speculation has pegged Yahoo's cash outlay for the purchase at around EUR15 million. Moreover, Yahoo! said it has the option to acquire 100 percent …
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BT signs up VoIP with Yahoo!

UK incumbent carrier British Telecom has signed two major initiatives with US companies this week; a deal with Yahoo! to offer a merged VoIP-Messenger service, and one with Microsoft to offer a merged voice and Live Meeting conferencing service. Both services will be available overseas, although only the conferencing deal is …
Faultline, 19 Jul 2004
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Critical IE update dominates Valentine’s Patch Tuesday

The Valentine’s Day edition of Patch Tuesday brought nine security bulletins that collectively address 21 software vulnerabilities. The batch includes four critical updates but the consensus among security experts is that a security patch for IE is the only one that sysadmins need to worry about. That's because MS12-010 …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2012
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Yahoo! Go? Yahoo! No!

Review About a year ago, a man I'd never met before showed me pictures of a dramatic episode in his life. These showed him driving his wife to the hospital, where she was about to give birth. There were dozens and dozens of these pictures, and in each one his wife was looking progressively more grumpy. As you'd be, too, if your waters …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2006
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Microsoft gears up for Windows 8

Windows 7 might still not be officially complete. And Microsoft is laying people off. But the company's already gearing up to launch its next operating system: Windows 8. Early job postings indicate at least one focus for Windows 8 will be systems and data management. The company has advertised for developers and testers to …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2009

BitDefender launches 'suck it and see' free anti-virus scanner

Romanian anti-virus firm BitDefender has begun offering a free version of its anti-virus scanner software to consumers. Similarly cut-down versions of BitDefender's anti-phishing and chat encryption software are also being offered at no charge to home users. The launch of free editions of its security suites is designed to …
John Leyden, 21 May 2009

Consumer VoIP heads for prime time

Dialing over the net represents the future of consumer voice calls, but shortcomings still affect some popular services, according to a new report. Making calls over the internet is far cheaper than conventional voice calls and becoming more popular as the use of broadband rises, prompting Computing Which? to put several …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2006
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Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

Review The most amazing thing about Google's inaugural Chromebooks is that they come with a file manager. It's not much of a file manager, but it's relatively easy to find, and it gives you relatively quick access to the files you've download, or screenshots you've taken, or documents on a thumb drive you've plugged into the USB port …
Cade Metz, 16 Jul 2011

T-Mobile slides Shadow IM phone out of the shadows

T-Mobile US has launched Shadow, a khaki-coloured sliderphone the carrier claimed was the... er... 'official phone of fun'. T-Mobile Shadow T-Mobile Shadow T-Mobile's Shadow: front and back Designed and made by Taiwan's HTC, the Shadow sports a 2.6in, 240 x 320, 65,536-colour screen. It's limited to quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge …
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2007
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Nokia C3

Review It might look like Nokia's high-powered, business-centric E72, but the C3 offers a stripped-down spec with a price to match and the emphasis on social networking with a full, hard-key Qwerty keyboard. Nokia C3 Key feature: Nokia’s C3 The Nokia C3 isn't exactly tiny at 116 x58 x 14mm and 114g but its tapered edges mean it …
Dave Oliver, 05 Aug 2010

IBM snubs MSN with Sametime gateway

IBM's Lotus Sametime instant messaging (IM) system got a boost this week when the company announced that it can now provide what it's been promising for some months, namely interoperability with AOL's assorted IM communities, including ICQ and AIM, and with GoogleTalk. Yahoo! Messenger will be added to the compatibility list …
Bryan Betts, 08 Dec 2006