Instant messages bring new threats for users

Instant messaging, the quicker than email alternative for online communication, is moving rapidly from teenagers' bedrooms to mainstream America.

And with it, IM is bringing a dark new legion of computer security problems that could eventually be worse than the worms, viruses and other Internet maladies that already haunt email.

Last month, the number of instant messages containing computer ``malware'' soared by 500 percent from the previous month, according to one Internet security company. In the first quarter of 2006, the number was up more than 160 percent from a year earlier. Beacon Journal | 06/26/2006 | Instant messages bring new threats for users

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