Messenger, with Ship and Bunker magazine – a publication dedicated to all those who pour fuel oil into container ships' tanks for a living – reporting that lots of oil industry and ship refuelling people were abandoning Messenger in favour of Microsoft-owned Skype.

Interestingly, Ship and Bunker says that Skype “does not appear to meet all the required compliance criteria” for the industry, implying that Yahoo! The IM service uses SSL to encrypt passwords upon login, but text messages and webcam streams still appear to be unencrypted.

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The Purple Palace said, back in June, that today would be the day when the desktop client for Messenger would be switched off.

At the time of writing (morning of 5 August) Yahoo!

This case provides an opportunity for law enforcement to move beyond rescuing victims and apprehending operators to tackle the root of the criminal network which are the ‘clients’ who are driving the supply.

is to kill off the desktop client for its once-popular instant messaging service Messenger today.

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Five family members, running a cybersex den in Iligan in the south of the Philippines, received severe court sentences earlier this month.

Though the desktop client is being taken out and shot today, Messenger will still work in your browser via Yahoo! You can even advance into the mid-2000s and download it as an app to your phone.

Messenger was at the centre of a major privacy scandal in 2014 as documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that British voyeur agency GCHQ was cheerfully hacking into users' Yahoo!

‘Thomas’ Pepito , the main individual responsible for running the webcam shows which live streamed child sexual abuse, was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of qualified trafficking.