Also, users can choose and select their own avatars for their profile pages. ICQ users are identified and distinguished from one another by UIN, or User Identification Numbers, distributed in sequential order.
The UIN was invented by Mirabilis, as the user name assigned to each user upon registration.
Amongst those arrested was Swedish hacker Alex Yücel, the co-creator of the Blackshades Remote Access Tool (RAT), which provides an easy way for perverts to remotely commandeer the webcams of unsuspecting parties and snoop upon their activities.
Yücel was clearly doing quite nicely by selling software that helped hack people’s webcams and access their computer files, being able to hire several paid administrators, including a director of marketing, customer service staff, and a director of marketing.
Ownership of ICQ passed from Mirabilis to AOL in 1998, and from AOL to Mail. The ICQ client application and service were initially released in November 1996 and the client was freely available to download.
Users could register an account and would be assigned a number, like a phone number, for others to be able to contact them (users could also provide handles).
Most of you remember the Hello Chrome, it’s Firefox calling!
As of ICQ6 users are also able to log in using the specific e-mail address they associated with their UIN during the initial registration process.
They had to fiddle with the software a bit because it was flagging images as porn that were mostly composed of faces because of high skin-to-other-things ratio.
Once it was flagging faces as faces, well, all that porn could be safely squirreled away for posterity.
As shocking as Edward Snowden’s revelations have been, there are a lot of people who just didn’t seem to care about the far-reaching Internet surveillance of the NSA.
Perhaps this news will get their attention: the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ were stealing live webcam footage from Yahoo users, and they may have been caught naked. The software — called Optic Nerve — was somewhat limited.
Tsashi Levent-Levi who is a Web RTC evangelist has been interviewing most of these companies on his blog, the list is quite impressive!