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Researchers Say IM Commercially More Profitable for Hackers

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab, the provider of secure resource management solutions, issued a warning to computer users on May 27, 2008 that IM (Instant Messaging) applications are extremely attractive to users with malicious intent, and this makes the issue of distributing malware via IM clients a serious threat.

Two Security Researchers, Boris Yampolsky and Denis Maslennikov at Kaspersky, said that the recent versions of IM clients continue to contain unknown vulnerabilities that hackers can identify first and program developers later and this situation can result in mass epidemics.

Kaspersky revealed that with the extensive theft of ICQ, a popular IM client, its numbers employing different malwares, particularly the family of Trojan PSW.Win32.LdPinch which is posing a secu...

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