A few weeks back I told you about a "friend" of mine who got hit with an IM bug. It was quick, painful, and pretty much fit the definition of "as much fun as a sharp stick in the eye." Apparently my friend is not alone. The IMlogic Threat Center, a global consortium that provides threat detection and protection for IM and peer-to-peer (p-to-p) applications, recently issued its second quarter 2005 report on the rise of IM security threats.
Network Associates Inc. (NAI) will become the latest security software maker to address the growing problem of stealth surveillance software known as spyware when it announces a new consumer product for locating and removing the applications on Monday.
Antivirus companies are warning Internet users about W32.Swen, a new worm that spreads using e-mail messages, vulnerable network connections, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and peer-to-peer (P-to-P) networks.
A Dutch company, hoping to capitalize on a year-old Dutch court ruling that legitimized file-swapping services in the Netherlands, plans to offer software and a home base to file-sharing service providers. However, experts wonder if the Netherlands is really a file-sharing haven.