Instant messaging threats spiral


Instant messaging threats spiral

Antony Savvas

Threats to users of instant messaging (IM) services are continuing to rise, with one IM security researcher recording over 50 new threats specifically aimed at IM services and peer-to-peer networks during May.

The new threats were recorded by Akonix, which says the 51 threats it tracked represented more than half of the total it discovered for the entire first three months of the year.

Akonix said virus writers, hackers and scammers were becoming more sophisticated in their approach to vulnerable and insecure IM clients and networks, distributing not just viruses and malware, but putting together blended attacks and phishing scams. 

Included in the posted alerts Akonix put out during May were seven variants of the Kelvir worm, which is aimed at MSN Messenger, and six for the Opanki worm aimed at AOL IM users.

IMlogic, another IM security researcher, has previously said IM threats are going up 50% a month.


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