Gotta love my job, right? Coding, listening to music, talking with friends, things can’t get any better (well, that is a flat-out lie, a lot of things could get better but hey, living in the moment). Suddenly, Skype decided to remind me about random messages and why it is often better to just ignore them.
Warning: The following is intended for mature audiences only.
Suddenly, I get a random instant message from a person. I ask Skype to copy the username and I do a quick Google search for curiosity. Perhaps a friend of mine has gotten a new Skype account and was contacting me to update me on their status. Stuff like that happens from time to time. From what I gathered, the person was most likely from Houston, Texas. I have some friends near there, so I give a small reply. Suddenly, the gates of hell open up.
Now, regarding what I mentioned earlier in the chat (“I just reverse looked up the google redirect and examined the site’s code…”), I simply opened up PuTTY (a free Telnet/SSH client I often use) and performed raw HTTP requests, or basically the same requests your web browser makes to a server. Thankfully, working on cross-platform communications helped here (and it is just a 4 line request).
It had what seemed to be a fake chat window that would randomly insert a message (first one being ‘ok, im ready…u see me??’) after a certain period of time. In addition, our diva from Houston somehow now lives near where I am, since the IP region information isn’t very accurate. Our ‘Amanda’ is 24, female, and has an AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, and Yahoo! account. It seemed to be attempting to use some kind of 1×1 pixel images to show ‘something’ but that was as far I as I was willing to go with looking over the source code. Oddly, the site returns a 0 at the end of the request, which is something I normally do not see. The ‘chat window’ is bland with a 30 character limit and would be showing the contents of another web page (which I didn’t bother looking into). In all seriousness, this site didn’t really impress me too much in how it was made.
I had assumed that most ‘Skype bots’ would have gone away by now, but it seems they are just a bit more worked out. I find it amusing what I can do with just a simple terminal screen and how simple these ‘service sites’ are made, in addition to how the code alone gives away that it is all fake. Just from all the source code alone, I already have a brief idea how the site looks and how it works, and my computer gets to remain nice and spyware free.
Now that the moment has passed, back to work!