|The other day Mark Ramos , president of Granite Software and I shared a small discussion about the future of spam. Granite Software offers award winning solutions such as spamJam which captured the Lotus Award for Best Messaging Solution at Lotusphere 2004. Mark is also a co-author of the IBM Redbook Lotus Domino 6 spam Survival Guide. To get to my point, Mark brought up a term that was new to me. |
SPIM or instant messaging spam
I guess it is new to me because I have never been spimmed. Not sure if that is even a word. It's not often that I am on a public instant messaging service but I do have an account. I am very familiar with spim's big brother spam as I work as a software engineer for Domino messaging. With a title like that, I have to keep up with new spam technologies and terminology. In the past I have blogged about phishing and have even written an article on Controlling Spam: Advanced SMTP settings in Lotus Domino.
On the same note, Carl Tyler, CTO from Instant Technologies which won the IBM Lotus Award in the Best Tool/Utility category in 2003, brought up a good point about stopping spim at the server level. With IM services and SIP gateways evolving, Carl believes it is important for IM products to be able to intercept IM File Transfers to detect spim and virus infections before sent to the end user. Carl is also a co-author of an IBM Rebook titled Lotus Instant Messaging/Web Conferencing (Sametime): Building Sametime Enabled Applications. For more information on IM threats, I suggest that you check out IMlogic.
As a messaging engineer, I feel it is my duty to help teach people about computer safety and the best spam prevention is to alert the users how to spot it and avoid it. So the next time that you get an IM from someone you don't know asking you to visit a web site, remember that it's probably spim. Most IM services allow you to setup blocks on screen names and if you do use an IM service, take some time to learn how it can help you prevent against spim broadcasts.