SAN DIEGO -- Akonix Systems, the provider of the most deployed instant messaging (IM) security and compliance products in the world, today announced its IM Security Center researchers tracked 33 new malicious code attacks over IM networks during the month of February, illustrating the continued increase in IM threats in comparison with the 12 attacks from last February.
New IM worms identified include Atomix, Culler and Spotface. Chode, Sohana and Spotface were the most common with three variants each. There were 19 attacks on P2P networks, such as Kazaa and eDonkey.
During February, Akonix security analysts issued new policy updates to protect against new malware to Akonix's customers using the industry's only dynamic IM malware, spim and protocol update system. This automatically pushes updates to customers to block spyware, worms and viruses. Akonix customers were secure on day zero from each new threat with the in-depth protection and containment features of Akonix's 360° Security for Real-Time Communications(tm).
"February 2007's threats nearly tripled over the same period last year, continuing the disturbing growth trend in attacks targeting IM users," said Don Montgomery, VP of marketing at Akonix. "Hackers are aware that IM has become a necessary enterprise collaboration tool, and in turn have made it one of their principal means of exploiting corporate networks with viruses, worms, phishing and spam attacks. Thanks to Akonix's 360° Security for Real-Time Communications, our customers are protected around-the-clock against threats that could damage their networks.