For those of you that think instant messaging attacks are no big deal, catch this…
Yesterday, a new strain of W32/Kelvir worm worked its way into the Reuters news agency’s secure enterprise IM platform, forcing it offline. It could not have come at a worse time for Reuters.
While you use your IM to chat with your pals about what time to go out for coffee, others rely on it as a key channel in their business information flow. I am not talking about plain old news in Reuters’ case, but instead financial markets information.
Securities dealers and financial information providers rely heavily on IM platforms to communicate. And with the markets taking a pummeling yesterday, it could not have come at a worse time for Reuters. They were essentially out of “the loop” for a good part of the trading day.