November a Record Month for IM Worms

November produced a record number of computer worms that spread over instant-message programs like AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger, according to the latest stats posted by San Diego-based IM security firm Akonix.

The company tracked more than a threefold increase in new IM worms this month -- 62 compared with 19 in October. More than a third of those IM attacks hit more than one public network, and eight of them were able to spread across all of the major networks.

Microsoft's network was the most popular vector for mainstream IM worms for the 12-month period ending in September, but starting in October AIM seized that dubious honor, Akonix said. Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 29th November 2005 8:34PM