Relay Chat works using a standardized IRC protocol
Internet RFC 1459
) that allows almost any Internet
computer to host an IRC server process. Each server can belong to a
series of IRC servers to form a network. Each network has at least
dozens of channels (if not, tens of thousands) that anyone can join,
each pertaining to a particular topic. Channel names always begin
# symbol. Each IRC user can easily
create their own channel and invite participants. By default,
channels are PUBLIC and available to anyone
logging into the IRC network, but they can be made
. Every user picks a
Nickname to use as their online representative,
and it can be changed at anytime. A user can also choose to be
Invisible and be assigned a random nickname.
Nicknames must be unique within a network.
In order to use IRC, you have to install an IRC client program and be connected to the Internet. You start the client and connect to a particular IRC server. There are thousands of servers and hundreds of networks to choose from. You connect to a server and your client will usually LIST all the available channels that you can join. You can then JOIN a channel and begin to participate.
Of the Instant Messaging types, IRC and AIM are attacked the most. AIM mostly suffers attacks against the channel itself. Malicious hackers want to disrupt private communications and create disruption within individual user’s sessions. IRC has that ...