January 03, 2006
December IM Attacks Jump 826 Percent Over '04
By Gregg Keizer
Attacks against public instant messaging networks soared over 800 percent in December 2005, compared to the same month last year, a security company announced Tuesday.
According to IMlogic's Threat Center, December 2005's instant message exploits jumped 826 percent over December, 2004, just the latest proof of the expanding threat facing IM users throughout the year. December, however, was slightly off the previous two months. The year's last month saw 241 new threats, said IMlogic, down from the 307 in November and the 294 in October. Combined, the three months showed a 13 percent increase in IM threats over the third quarter of 2005.