IM-based malware threat grows

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IM-based malware threat grows

Just as the number of end-users enlisting instant messaging (IM) programs to communicate has risen, so too has the number of distinct families of IM-based malware. More attackers are utilizing this propagation method and infections are increasingly sophisticated.

The most anticipated development breakthrough for IM-based malware is to close the loop in the propagation mechanism and automatically begin executing the malware on the target machine. The net effect of this will be significantly faster execution of the malware. The second major breakthrough ...

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