Foster City, CALIF â€“ November 17, 2005 – Experts at FaceTime Security Labsâ„¢ , the threat research division of FaceTime Communications, identified and reported a new threat today related to the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) â€œRootKitâ€ worm they first identified on October 28, 2005. New research completed on the AOL rootkit worm confirms it acts as a back door for additional malware to be downloaded. The additional malware is capable of stealing usernames, passwords, and other personal information, and can be managed and controlled by a hacker through IRC communication sessions.
Vindicated! So many folks thought I was off my rocker when I said that IM was extremely dangerous. I refuse to use it, and I always recommend that clients do away with IM on their systems .. although those with with young people in the house often disregarded this advice to their chagrin at a later time.