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Peter Schooff

Instant Messaging A Growing Target

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A report from Akonix System Inc. tracked 88 IM attacks this past October, which is the highest number this year. Also, attacks using P2P network like Kazaa and eDonkey increased 62% compared to the month before.

“As predicted, IM attacks are continuing to grow at a rapid rate, with the October threats breaking last month's high for the year by nearly 40%," said Don Montgomery, vice president of marketing at Akonix. "With adoption of IM in the workplace growing at 22% per year … it's now imperative that companies address the risk of having their networks compromised by the growing number of IM threats.?

New IM-based worms Akonix identified this month include SOHANAD, Imaut, Pepa, Yaautoit and QUATIM. SOHANAD was the most common with six variants, followed by Imaut, with five.

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Peter Schooff's blog is a daily look at what's going on in the world of computer security with an emphasis on how it affects businesses.

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Peter Schooff is Contributing Editor at ebizQ, and manager of the ebizQ Forum. Contact him at pschooff@techtarget.com

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