A group of companies led by IMlogic on Tuesday unveiled a security center designed to monitor threats targeting instant messages and peer-to-peer applications.
Published: December 7, 2004, 9:46 AM PST By Dawn Kawamoto, Staff Writer, CNET News.com IMlogic, which partnered with America Online, IBM, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, Yahoo and others, has created the IMlogic Threat Center to post information on the latest IM and P2P threats. This effort comes as IM, in particular, is increasingly becoming a target for security threats. "The genesis for this idea came from our customer advisory board meetings last year," said Francis deSouza, chief executive of IMlogic, which makes software that helps corporations manage instant-messaging software. "We were discussing industry trends and had noticed (that we had) started to see about 7 percent of the IM traffic was spam and malware. It seemed like a small percentage at the time, but we realized this was how e-mail spam started out and this could go the way of e-mail, so we decided 'Let's do something proactive to protect ourselves." As a result, partners in the IMlogic Threat Center effort have now added another layer of security at the edge of their respective networks with IM honeypots, which serve as listening posts for suspicious instant-messaging activity.
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