Threat increases from IM-based attacks

Thursday, 7 July 2005, 2:24 AM EST

A study released Tuesday by instant messaging (IM) security vendor IMlogic reported that hackers and virus writers are recognizing and exploiting the opportunites presented by IM-based attacks, the numbers of which have risen sharply over the last two quarters.

The number of IM attacks such as viruses, worms, and phishing scams has increased from twenty for all of 2004 to 571 in the second quarter of 2005 alone, representing an increased threat to both enterprise users and the average consumer, the study said.

By Peter Saalfield at InfoWorld.

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