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I was in an SSL secured IRC earlier and accidentally pasted and sent something sensitive in a channel in which I didn't have voice permissions.

I got the error:

You need voice (+v)

I'm new to IRC and don't know much about it, but was my message still sent to the server, can administrators of the room still see it, etc? How bad can it be, say if what I sent was my password?

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    This appears to be an IRC usage question, not a security question. – schroeder Jul 9 '16 at 10:39
  • @schroeder Seems to be on the cusp – Insane Jul 9 '16 at 11:00
  • what is the security angle? – schroeder Jul 9 '16 at 11:10
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There are a few different aspects to this question:

  • Did the message reach the server? Yes.
  • Can the IRC channel operators see it? No.
  • Would it be possible for an administrator on the IRC server to see it? Normally such things are not logged but it's their server so they could do whatever they want with the information that goes through it.
  • Could it get intercepted elsewhere in the process? It depends if you used a secure (SSL) connection or not. If you didn't, such a text message could be spied on its way to the server.
  • Yes, it was a secure connection, I'll add that in. – Insane Jul 9 '16 at 2:32
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    You can but I doubt you can get a more complete answer than this. – Julie Pelletier Jul 9 '16 at 2:33
  • No this is a good answer. But there's nothing IRC wise that allows anyone to see it, but you could setup a protocol on the server itself? – Insane Jul 9 '16 at 2:33
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    It's like having a reunion at your place. No one can be sure that you didn't hide microphones everywhere. – Julie Pelletier Jul 9 '16 at 2:34
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    I doubt you have a good reason to worry but if you really want to be safe, change the password. – Julie Pelletier Jul 9 '16 at 2:35

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