MSN dropping suspicious messages

By Justin Mann on January 8, 2007, 8:51 PM
While all instant message providers go well out of their way to deny any sort of liability in the agreement you must accept to use their service, it seems that some of them still filter content. In an attempt either to protect themselves or their users, I found an interesting article discussing that Microsoft filters MSN messenger chats based on content. While the initial portion of the story proved to be inaccurate, it seems that indeed the MSN servers will block certain types of text from getting through:

If you try to send a message containing any of the words' ".pif", ".scr", "download.php" or "gallery.php" the message will be silently discarded. The official client from Microsoft will provide no indication to either the sender or recipient that the message didn't go through.
Considering that .pifs and .scrs are virtually unused in the Windows world today and are more likely to be the source of a virus spreading itself, it isn't all that of surprising thing that they'd choose to filter. After trying it myself, I noticed that not only does it filter the message, but also disconnects the conversation. Perhaps a way to defeat some types of bots from propagating themselves over IM? In any case, it begs the question “What else is filtered?”.

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Jesse_hz said:
SCRs are screensavers and calling them unused is inaccurate.
ihatejam said:
I have tried to send a link to a download.php page in the past and it never got through. I thought it was more to do with the domain at the time but this makes sense now.
zephead said:
this does not surprise me at all. the link to the register yielded some additional articles, including one in which certain people with unique names were unable to get .net passports.
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