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Researchers Chart Sizable IM Threat Growth

New research indicates that hackers are increasingly turning their efforts toward IM-borne attacks, with experts saying that businesses and end users remain largely ignorant to the growing problem. According to the latest report from anti-malware applications vendor Postini, the sheer volume of instant messaging threats it tracked during April 2006 increased by nearly 25 percent, compared with the number of similar threats it detected during March. While the percentage of IM traffic that included viruses remains relatively low, at less than 1 percent of all the IM conversations monitored by Postini during April, the shift toward IM threats appears to be gaining momentum, company officials said. Full Story

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