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FaceTime: IM & P2P Malware is Packing a Bigger Punch

Postby TeMerc » Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:44 pm

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. - January 16, 2007 - FaceTime Communications, the leading provider of solutions for securing and managing IM, P2P and Web-based greynets, today announced its analysis of malware affecting today's enterprise networks through instant messaging, P2P file sharing, and chat applications.

In an analysis of threats tracked or identified by FaceTime Security Labs, 1,224 unique threats on greynet applications were reported in the past year, with attacks over peer-to-peer networks increasing by 140 percent over 2005 and multi-channel attacks increasing from 18 percent in 2005 to 29 percent of all attacks in 2006.

While the number of unique malware instances is down vs. 2005, when more than 2000 threats were identified, FaceTime researchers warn that the nature of today's malware is more dangerous and can cause greater damage. The threats are more complex, stealthier than ever before and are propagating through multiple channels, making them harder to identify and protect against. FaceTime researchers expect this trend to continue as malware creators are more technically savvy and better-funded, using social engineering to create botnet armies at their disposal. Risky employee behavior on the Internet has become one of the biggest network security concerns for enterprise organizations.

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