MSN Spam in Adium - wtf?

>> Tuesday, 21 October 2008

My poor macbook has been through the wars lately with numerous re-formats whilst i figured out the problem with the latest Java update for OS X and the Coldfusion 8 installer so I've been missing a few of my regular apps that I use to interact with my friends/family. One such app is the fantastical Adium which is essentially a multi-protocol messenger client.

Well I finally got around to re-installing adium today and setup my msn messenger account only to be greeted within a few minutes by a message from someone who wasn't even on my msn contact list and of course it was a link to some spam site no doubt laden with virii and trojans and spartans and various other dodgy things. Not thinking much of it 'probably a glitch says I' I block the user and go about my business.

However sadly it doesn't stop there. oh no. Shortly after I receive another message from another non-contact, again trying to trick me into their dodgy trap. Begone spammers! I cry and leap into action to find out what the hell was going on.

So of I go a-googling to see if this is a known issue and it would appear that it is indeed. Seemingly this latest version of Adium (1.3.2) no longer worries too much about who you get messages from. Luckily it would appear there is a setting to restrict who can send you messages to specific accounts (although I have seen some people who believe this isn't being picked up correctly).

The fix (if you are a fellow Adium user experiencing the same problem) is to go to the Privacy Settings (Adium -> Privacy Settings or Option-Apple-P) and choosing the MSN messenger account set the privacy level dropdown to 'Allow only contacts on my contact list'.

Whether this resolves the issue or not remains to be seen but if it can help limit the number of interruptions received it can only be a good thing.


Playdough 5 November 2008 at 05:58  

Thats exactly what I was looking for!

Ciqala 5 November 2008 at 09:41  

No worries, glad I could be of help :)

luigir 29 May 2009 at 17:35  

unfortunately it doesn't solve the problem for good.