IM Threat Watch for June 2006

By | June 28, 2006

Akonix Systems, the provider of the most deployed instant messaging (IM) security and compliance products in the world, today announced its Security Center researchers tracked 17 attacks against IM networks in June, and a total of 111 during the first six months of 2006.

New worms identified in June include BlackAngel and Gaobot. The most common attacks were Tilebot and Mesoto, which each had three variants. Overall, Akonix security analysts issued a total of five new policy updates, using the industry´s only dynamic IM malware, spim and protocol update system. This automatically pushes updates to customers and blocks spyware, worms and viruses in real time at the network perimeter. Akonix customers were secure on day zero from each new threat with the deep protection and containment features of Akonix´s 360° Security for Real-Time Communications(tm).

“With 111 new attacks on IM networks through the first six months of this year, virus writers have continued in their quest to find attractive attack vectors other than email to spread malicious content,” said Don Montgomery, vice president of marketing at Akonix. “With 360-Degree Security, our customers enjoy the peace of mind delivered by the combination of our early warning system, our patent-pending spyware and malicious code protection and our multi-layer containment features. The benefit to our customers is that this process is automatic and requires no IT resources or system downtime.”

The Akonix Security Center is a collaborative effort between Akonix´s internal security group, enterprise customer security teams and industry leading partners in IM infrastructure and security. It focuses on the emerging security threats posed by IM and P2P applications in the corporate environment, and is the foundation of the early detection layer of 360° Security. Detailed information about the June 2006 IM Threat Report can be found at www.imsecuritycenter.com.

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