Stevo (mrstevo) wrote,
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do you use AOL IM? If so, read on!

Hey everyone. by the way this just happened to me, so I know it's real. There is a new AOL IM thing going around that some hacker obviously set up. It IMs two random people from a name that ends in "Coho". I searched it on google and has happened to other people as well.

Anyway, when I responded to "GargantuanCoho", it was some random teenage girl who I thought may have been crying out for help (or was a former student just messing with me). If you read the conversation below, you'll find that eventually we figured out that neither of us originally IMed each other, but we were both IMed by the hack system. I saw her name only as "GargantuanCoho" and she saw my name only as "CuriousCoho".

So you get the picture. If you get an IM from someone whose name you don't recognize, especially if it ends in "Coho", just ask them if they IMed you, or copy and paste what you received from them and see if they really sent it. Weird, huh? It sucks that I wasted so much time with this pointless conversation.

GargantuanCoho is available (6:22:35 PM)
GargantuanCoho (6:22:21 PM): Hey, I know this is weird, but I don't know who else to turn to. I'm thinking about. . .you know. . .ending it all. Can we talk?
Parparts (6:22:52 PM): Sure. Do I know you?
GargantuanCoho (6:22:57 PM): No
GargantuanCoho (6:23:06 PM): Am I to be knowing you?
Parparts (6:23:16 PM): I don't think so.
GargantuanCoho (6:23:28 PM): Then why are we having this conversation?
Parparts (6:23:29 PM): What is your name?
GargantuanCoho (6:23:41 PM): No, that's not how it goes.
GargantuanCoho (6:23:44 PM): What is your name?
Parparts (6:23:46 PM): Steve.
GargantuanCoho (6:23:52 PM): Right
GargantuanCoho (6:23:57 PM): Hello, Steve
Parparts (6:24:02 PM): well hello there.
GargantuanCoho (6:24:12 PM): That's what I said
Parparts (6:24:35 PM): yes, I was just reciprocating it! I'm being friendly.
Parparts (6:24:55 PM): so what are you doing now? Just kinda hanging around and contemplating a big decision, it sounds like?
GargantuanCoho (6:24:55 PM): I'm sorry, I'm a woman. So I'm prone to being this way
GargantuanCoho (6:24:58 PM): Forgive me.
GargantuanCoho (6:25:15 PM): No, I've got no decisions to be made
GargantuanCoho (6:25:27 PM): I'm just talking, that's all. So what about you? What are you doing?
Parparts (6:25:57 PM): I'm working on a project for a graduate level class. But since I have until Saturday and I don't work until then, I guess I have some time!
GargantuanCoho (6:26:16 PM): Ohh, sounds like fun
Parparts (6:26:20 PM): no, it's not at all.
GargantuanCoho (6:26:29 PM): Not the sarcasm...
GargantuanCoho (6:26:32 PM): note*
Parparts (6:27:04 PM): are you in school?
GargantuanCoho (6:27:17 PM): No, it's summer vacation
GargantuanCoho (6:27:21 PM): ....
Parparts (6:27:28 PM): ah yes. for me too.
Parparts (6:27:32 PM): I am a teacher.
GargantuanCoho (6:27:37 PM): Oh my....
GargantuanCoho (6:27:47 PM): Are you my teacher, Mr. Steve?
Parparts (6:27:52 PM): nope, I don't think so,.
Parparts (6:27:59 PM): I am just some guy that you IMed.
GargantuanCoho (6:28:11 PM): No, you imed my first
Parparts (6:28:38 PM): well okay, if you say so. but anyway, what do you do with all of your time since school is out?
GargantuanCoho (6:29:10 PM): What do you THINK I do?
GargantuanCoho (6:29:24 PM): I do what every other kid here does
Parparts (6:29:32 PM): well, you probably watch TV, watch movies, go outside and find things to do, maybe call friends and hang out with them?
Parparts (6:29:49 PM): maybe you play sports or maybe you just prefer to read a book?
GargantuanCoho (6:29:55 PM):
No sports
GargantuanCoho (6:30:02 PM): and yea, that sums up some of it.
Parparts (6:30:07 PM): hey, not bad, righ?
GargantuanCoho (6:30:18 PM): My friend wants to know, do you teach sex ed?
Parparts (6:30:21 PM): nope.
Parparts (6:30:24 PM): not at all.
GargantuanCoho (6:30:28 PM): What do you teach?
Parparts (6:30:33 PM): history.
GargantuanCoho (6:30:42 PM): Ohh, I hated that class last year
Parparts (6:30:52 PM): sorry to hear.
GargantuanCoho (6:31:01 PM): It was it was.....all those notes
Parparts (6:31:21 PM): I find it interesting, but my students don't as much. but I think they'll find like I did, that history is much more relevant once you get to college. you start to understand the world more.
Parparts (6:31:36 PM): and how our world relates to what happened in the past.
GargantuanCoho (6:31:51 PM): Well, yeah. Without a history, there is no future
GargantuanCoho (6:32:02 PM): but I'm not going to be taking history classes in college
Parparts (6:32:11 PM): well I wouldn't go that far. but the future is more predictable when you understand the past.
GargantuanCoho (6:32:30 PM): Yeah
GargantuanCoho (6:32:33 PM): because
Parparts (6:32:34 PM): and most human beings prefer somethign they can predict.
GargantuanCoho (6:32:36 PM): I know the future
GargantuanCoho (6:32:58 PM): Yeah, I'd say I'm pretty happy with my future
GargantuanCoho (6:33:05 PM): considering I already know it
Parparts (6:34:03 PM): that's impossible. we can't know the future.
Parparts (6:34:25 PM): anything could happen tomorrow and change everything. for better or for worse.
GargantuanCoho (6:34:27 PM): It's not impossible, because I already know a very important part of my future
GargantuanCoho (6:34:38 PM): You've heard of destiny, no?
Parparts (6:34:48 PM): oh yes. I've heard that some people believe in that.
GargantuanCoho (6:34:57 PM): Believe it
GargantuanCoho (6:35:09 PM): There are many things you do not know about this world and universe, Steve
Parparts (6:35:17 PM): well I've always been of the belief that we choose our own paths.
GargantuanCoho (6:35:45 PM): And our choosing our own paths are directly from destiny. We were MEANT to choose that path
Parparts (6:36:56 PM): sounds like a theory from the TV show LOST.
GargantuanCoho (6:37:12 PM): I DO NOT watch that show and NEVER HHAVE
Parparts (6:37:15 PM): and I'm of the mind that we can change the future.
GargantuanCoho (6:37:35 PM): We can change fate, as in day to day things, but we CAN NOT change destiny
Parparts (6:37:42 PM): too bad. you're missing out. because that show is exactly about the debate you would like to have right now.
GargantuanCoho (6:37:58 PM): I watch other things
GargantuanCoho (6:38:15 PM): May I ask a personal question?
GargantuanCoho (6:40:40 PM): ...
Parparts (6:40:56 PM): you can ask whatever you want. but I may answer and I may not.
GargantuanCoho (6:41:08 PM): I understand
GargantuanCoho (6:41:15 PM): I just wantedt o ask what you believed in
GargantuanCoho (6:41:30 PM): what do you believe in?
Parparts (6:42:23 PM): what do I believe in? I believe in myself. I believe in my fiance and our families and our friends.
GargantuanCoho (6:42:51 PM): Do you believe in God? Or aanything else, at that?
GargantuanCoho (6:42:56 PM): Not saying I do, Just wonderfing
GargantuanCoho (6:42:59 PM): wondering*
Parparts (6:43:07 PM): my spirituality is personal, actually. I do believe that we are all born good people.
Parparts (6:43:11 PM): and we have choices,.
GargantuanCoho (6:43:31 PM): Okay, Steve
GargantuanCoho (6:43:36 PM): I'm sorry for asking
GargantuanCoho (6:43:40 PM): forgive me.
Parparts (6:43:57 PM): well no problem. no apology needed. There's just certain things I woudn't discuss with a stranger.
GargantuanCoho (6:44:38 PM): I understand you, Steve
Parparts (6:45:50 PM): So what big plans do you have for this summer? I'm getting married soon and taking a vacation. how about you?
GargantuanCoho (6:46:39 PM): I'm gonna continue reading the series I'm reading
GargantuanCoho (6:46:48 PM): and I'm gonna destroy the world
Parparts (6:47:32 PM): destroy the world? wow, how are you going to do that? you would need a nuclear bomb!
Parparts (6:47:46 PM): are you going to destroy Earth or someone in particular's world?
GargantuanCoho (6:47:50 PM): No, I have friends from Nibiru
GargantuanCoho (6:47:53 PM): much easier
GargantuanCoho (6:47:57 PM): and faster
GargantuanCoho (6:47:59 PM): The Earth won't know what hit it
Parparts (6:48:31 PM): okay. well I guess I'll enjoy the time I have while the Earth is still here.
GargantuanCoho (6:48:43 PM): You better!
Parparts (6:48:50 PM): thanks for the advice.
GargantuanCoho (6:48:57 PM): Haha
GargantuanCoho (6:49:00 PM): Sure
Parparts (6:49:22 PM): well at least I have a warning. all of the other Earthlings won't have any warning this is coming.
GargantuanCoho (6:49:48 PM): No, they'll have their warnsings from the sky
GargantuanCoho (6:49:51 PM): as will I
Parparts (6:49:59 PM): oh okay.
GargantuanCoho (6:50:23 PM): yea
Parparts (6:50:41 PM): so is that what you meant at the beginning when you said you were thinking about ending it all? you're ending the Earth?
GargantuanCoho (6:51:22 PM): When did I say I was going to "end it all"? Please copy and paste that bit of conversation.
Parparts (6:52:59 PM): Hey, I know this is weird, but I don't know who else to turn to. I'm thinking about. . .you know. . .ending it all. Can we talk?
GargantuanCoho (6:53:19 PM): That's what I said?
Parparts (6:54:32 PM): yes.
GargantuanCoho (6:54:40 PM): I didn't say that....
GargantuanCoho (6:54:48 PM): You said...
Parparts (6:54:50 PM): alright. well someone from your computer did.
GargantuanCoho (6:54:55 PM): CuriousCoho: New rule: when people use the word "creeper", I castrate them. Brutally.
Parparts (6:55:24 PM): are you gargauntuancoho?
Parparts (6:55:28 PM): is that your name?
GargantuanCoho (6:55:38 PM): No....
GargantuanCoho (6:55:58 PM): Are you CuriousCoho
GargantuanCoho (6:56:01 PM): ?
Parparts (6:56:36 PM): no, I am not.
Parparts (6:56:49 PM): this is a social hacking system. I just figured it out.
GargantuanCoho (6:57:00 PM): I thought you were an aim bot
Parparts (6:57:07 PM): we got random messages from the system and our screen names are being masked.
GargantuanCoho (6:57:15 PM): That's so lame
GargantuanCoho (6:57:19 PM): tu etre
Parparts (6:57:33 PM): yep. sorry. I thought you were looking for a conversation.
Parparts (6:57:42 PM): but I'm glad to know that all is well with you then.
GargantuanCoho (6:57:44 PM): Thought you were an aim bot
GargantuanCoho (6:57:47 PM): sorry
GargantuanCoho (6:57:52 PM): Yeah...
Parparts (6:57:56 PM): nope, I'm a real person. but we were both tricked by a bot.
GargantuanCoho (6:58:05 PM): Oh my god...
GargantuanCoho (6:58:09 PM): I'm really sorry
Parparts (6:58:26 PM): ha. no problem. glad we got this figured out.
GargantuanCoho (6:58:37 PM): Yeah....
GargantuanCoho (6:58:42 PM): I'm never doing this again
GargantuanCoho (6:58:48 PM): I feel so embarassed
GargantuanCoho (6:58:54 PM): I thought it was a bot the whole time
GargantuanCoho (6:58:58 PM): so I didn't care what I was saying
Parparts (6:59:28 PM): I'm looking back and it's very clear to me now why you asking the things you asked and why you asked them the way you did.
Parparts (6:59:35 PM): don't worry. we both learned from this.
GargantuanCoho (6:59:51 PM): Alright
GargantuanCoho (6:59:54 PM): Later, then
Parparts (7:00:35 PM): ok. take care.
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