Rootkits the next generation IM malware

The number of security threats targeting instant messaging networks increased by 826 percent in December 2005 over the previous year, newly published research has revealed.

This hike in the number of IM threats was categorized by the emergence of a new breed of relatively sophisticated malware designed to cause "significant financial damage and intellectual property loss," according to IM logic. Attackers are found to be increasingly using rootkit software to hide the process, files and registry keys for the software used in their attacks. Notable threats detected include the myspace, "talking worm" and the much publicized Santa worm.

IMlogic's research indicated that December 2005 saw an additional 241 threats; adding to more than 300 for November and 292 in October. Rootkits the next-generation IM malware - IT Security News - SC Magazine UK

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 12th January 2006 2:47AM