Instant messaging becomes growing target for hackers
Instant messaging, the quicker-than-e-mail alternative for online communication, is moving rapidly from teenagers' bedrooms to mainstream America.
Now, 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 e-mail.
Last year, security experts found 2,400 different viruses, worms and other threats that hackers attached to instant messages, an increase of nearly 1,600 percent from the previous year
» Palm Beach Post - Bob Keefe - 09-06-2006