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AOL to fix IM name glitch

Responding to reports of a glitch that allowed Instant Messenger handles to be hijacked, America Online Inc. (aol) said on Friday that it had reproduced the hack and was fixing the flaw.

Responding to reports of a glitch that allowed Instant Messenger handles to be hijacked, America Online Inc. (aol) said on Friday that it had reproduced the hack and was fixing the flaw. "We are in the process of deploying that fix and it should be done by this evening," said Nicholas J. Graham, a spokesman for the Dulles, Va., company. A flaw in AOL's IM registration server allowed hackers using an internal AOL administration tool to steal the user names of IM users. AOL account holders -- those that use AOL for Internet access -- remain unaffected by the flaw because of internal security checks. Graham also said that AOL would pursue anyone who hijacked another user's name and "bring the full force of the law down on them." -- Robert Lemos, ZDNet News

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