Re: [Full-disclosure] does the aim service save chat session details?



Thanks Andrew, according to AOL policy and terms of use et. al.

"Your AIM information, including the contents of your online communications,
may be accessed and disclosed in response to legal process (for example, a
court order, search warrant or subpoena), or in other circumstances in which
AOL has a good faith belief that AIM or AOL are being used for unlawful
purposes. AOL may also access or disclose your AIM information when
necessary to protect the rights or property of AIM or AOL, or in special
cases such as a threat to your safety or that of others"

So I am presuming that they do store all communications only for legal or
law enforcement purposes but not for general use from the user community.

Regards...

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Farmer [mailto:andfarm@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 3:42 PM
To: AMILABS
Cc: full-disclosure@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] does the aim service save chat session
details?

On 26 Nov 08, at 11:17, AMILABS wrote:
Is AIM IM purely peer to peer or a store and forward type protocol?

It is neither. In most cases, the server forwards messages from client
to client, but does not retain them. The client also supports a peer-
to-peer mode, but it's rarely used.

We need
to determine if we can recover a past IM chat conversation that
occurred
over two weeks ago. Our chat client did not have IM logging enabled
so we
need to know if the "service" archives all chat conversations for law
enforcement and legal purposes.

You'll have to ask AOL about that. If there are server-side logs, they
are not exposed to users.


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