IM Virus Threats Increasing

Posted on April 6, 2005

You can get a virus anywhere. IM messages are no exception. IM virus threats are continuing to rise. All major instant message services including AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger are under threat of IM worms.

CNET cites a report from the IMlogic Threat Center that found that the quantity of instant messaging threats increased 250 percent in the first quarter of 2005, compared with the same period last year. The attacks are primarily from worms and viruses and as the quantity of the threats rise it is causing companies to take a closer look at the security of the IM software. The attacks can be expected to get much worse as IM virus writers improve their code-written diseases.

CNET says, "According to at least one industry analyst, the rapid increase in IM threats will likely continue and mirror the development of earlier forms of IT security hazards, such as e-mail-based virus attacks."

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