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What is
ChatSniff is an easy to use program for Linux that monitors your network for instant messenger conversations. Or, put another way, it lets you spy on people!

But... WHY?
ChatSniff makes it painfully obvious just how insecure people are when they are conversing via instant messenger. Hopefully, this will induce the creators of these IM programs to fix them.

How do I get started?
1. First, connect your computer to a network. Wireless is a good choice; most (but not all!) ethernet networks are "switched" networks, and hence won't work. You've gotta use a "hub" type network; all wireless networks are "hub" type networks (to my knowledge), so you can't go wrong!

2. Next open up ChatSniff as root (be careful to install all dependancies), and select your network interface in the preferences. Make you've selected the interface you're connected to the wireless network with.

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