Until recently, I could get a transcript of my chat-avenue.com chats by running tcpflow filtered to their IP addresses, and the results were in a mangled-but-readable XML-like format.

Now, the transcripts look like garbage (they also moved to a new IP address range, and the two changes may be related).

More specifically, here's a transcript snippet:


where <81> represents the hex 81 character (all the other characters are plain 7-bit text).

Part of this looks like a MIME message (with the telltale "=" at the end), but "mimencode -u" just gives garbage, and I didn't see any gzip/bzip2 headers suggesting it was compressed data.

Any thoughts? If anyone's interested in testing directly, chat-avenue.com's new IP range is: -

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