VeriSign and AOL Time Warner Inc. announced a partnership
to offer encoded chat messages through AOL Instant Messenger, the same day
rival Microsoft Corp. warned users of a security hole in its own instant
VeriSign will issue security credentials to corporations for authenticating
employees who want to send and receive encrypted messages over AOL Instant
Messenger (AIM), David Gang, a product strategy manager at AOL,
said during VeriSign's analyst day.
Dubbed "Enterprise AIM," the service will go into beta
testing before the end of May, Gang said. Corporate users represent about
20 percent to 25 percent of AIM's more than 150 million registered users,
according to Gang.