Spam shifts to IM, Blogs

Cybercriminals are diversifying, according to a new report from MessageLabs. Their data indicates that threats are being transmitted through less-common methods such as "mobile text messaging, Web-based instant messaging, weblogs and social networking communities such as MySpace.com."

Mark Sunner, the chief technology officer at MessageLabs, discussed the company's findings. "The increased convergence of threats across email, web, and IM combined with the increased sophistication of techniques is an interesting new development," he said.

"Today," Sunner continued, "we see a growing number of emails and IMs containing links to websites where malware or spyware is automatically downloaded, as opposed to the traditional method where the message itself has a piece of malware attached. So, a harmless looking email can quickly become a web threat."

ยป Security Pro News - Doug Caverly - 07-07-2006

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