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New IM Attacks Emerge In 2008

Postby TeMerc » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:54 am

By Stefanie Hoffman, CMP Channel
Thu. Jan. 03, 2008

Security researchers have uncovered 18 new malicious codes and attacks over instant messaging in December alone, bringing the total up to 346 for 2007.

Unlike the simple viruses of years past, the IM threats in the last 12 months have evolved into multi-staged attacks that have the potential to cause significant harm to users' PCs, experts say. New IM worms identified last month include Cargar, Etest and YMWorm. Etset, Mytob and Sohana were the most common, each containing two variants.

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