on Tue 20 Mar 2007 (20:49 GMT) (17244 views)
Security Park reports:
Over the past 12 months, MSN Messenger has consistently ranked #1 as the most targeted IM platform. Fifty-three percent of all the IM-based threats blocked by ScanSafe in the past year have affected MSN, compared to 41 percent that affected AIM and 29 percent that affected Yahoo!.
Ouch, some harsh facts there. But the question is why Messenger is such a victim. Is it because MSN is ridiculously popular? Is it the fact the Messenger API is vast and easy for programmers to use? Or possibly because security is a major flaw in Messenger?
Anyway I think you should check out the article if you want to read up on more facts and speculate yourself. Viruses are really taking over instant messaging, and with good reason. They target a vulnerable audience, know how to trick people and easily spread.
Read: 'MSN Messenger is the most targeted IM platform'