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Top Ten Viruses and Hoaxes Reported to Sophos in March 2004

  • 02 April, 2004 09:04

<p>Bagle and Netsky worms dominate chart as virus writers battle for virus supremacy</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Sydney, 02 April 2004.</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has revealed the top ten viruses and hoaxes causing problems for businesses around the world.</p>
<p>The report, which examines virus and hoax reports in the month of March 2004, shows eight new entries to the chart.</p>
<p>The top ten viruses in March 2004 were as follows:</p>
<p>1. W32/Netsky-D (Netsky variant) 30.2% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>2. W32/Netsky-B (Netsky variant) 12.3%</p>
<p>3. W32/Netsky-C (Netsky variant) 11.7% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>4. W32/Bagle-C (Bagle variant) 3.5% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>5. W32/Netsky-J (Netsky variant) 3.5% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>6. W32/Bagle-E (Bagle variant) 3.4% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>7. W32/Netsky-P (Netsky variant) 2.1% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>8. W32/Bagle-H (Bagle variant) 1.5% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>9. W32/Bagle-J (Bagle worm) 1.4% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>10.W32/MyDoom-A (MyDoom Worm) 0.9%</p>
<p>Others 29.5%</p>
<p>"Computer users continue to be inconvenienced by the ridiculous posturing of a small number of people. The ongoing tiff between the authors of the Bagle and Netsky worms has resulted in several new variants being produced in a very short space of time," said Sean Richmond, Technical Support Manager for Sophos Australia and New Zealand. "This is reflected in the unprecedented number of new entries in this month’s most reported viruses. The Netsky author appears to have won this month's bout of 'My dad is tougher than your's' with almost 60 per cent of all reports to Sophos involving Netsky."</p>
<p>"The rapid release of so many new worms reinforces the importance of using threat reduction techniques," explained Richmond. "This includes measures such as stripping executable content at the gateway and ensuring that anti-virus updates are frequent and automatic".</p>
<p>Sophos analysed and protected against 824 new viruses in March. The total number of viruses Sophos now protects against is 89,112.</p>
<p>The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during March are as follows:</p>
<p>1. Hotmail hoax 18.8% EIGHTH MONTH AT NUMBER ONE</p>
<p>2. JDBGMGR 18.1%</p>
<p>3. Meninas da Playboy 7.5%</p>
<p>4. A virtual card for you 6.3%</p>
<p>5. Bonsai kitten 6.1%</p>
<p>6. WTC Survivor 5.0%</p>
<p>7. Budweiser frogs screensaver 4.0%</p>
<p>8. Bill Gates fortune 2.6%</p>
<p>9. Elf Bowling 2.5%</p>
<p>10.Jamie Bulger 2.1% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>Others 27.0%</p>
<p>Sophos has made available a free, constantly updated information feed for intranets and websites which means users can always find out about the latest viruses and hoaxes:
www.sophos.com/virusinfo/infofeed/</p>
<p>Graphics of the above Top Ten virus chart are available at:
www.sophos.com/pressoffice/imgallery/topten</p>
<p>For more information about safe computing, including anti-hoax policies, please visit:
http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/bestpractice/</p>
<p>Notes for Editors.</p>
<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading specialist developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and protects all types of organisations, including small- to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions against viruses and spam. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
<p>http://www.sophos.com.au</p>
<p>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Sean Richmond (sean.richmond@sophos.com.au) is available for comment:
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (sophos@gne.com.au)
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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