The IMlogic Threat Center, a global consortium that providesglobal threat detection and protection for instant messaging (IM),today announced that IM security threats increased by 253 percentin January 2006 versus January 2005.

According to Waltham, Mass.-based IMlogic, a maker of instantmessaging software, the risks posed by IM threats are increasinglylinked to widespread financial damage and intellectual propertyloss.

In addition, attackers are progressively using newertechnologies, such as root kit software, to disguise and/or hidethe malicious attacks. “As a result, unsuspecting IM users continueto be at risk from infection of IM worms and viruses, and serve asa point of exposure and propagation,” the consortium said.

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