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Top Ten Viruses and Hoaxes Reported To Sophos in August 2004

  • 02 September, 2004 13:46

<p>New virus numbers hit 33-month high, but old timers dominate reports</p>
Sydney, 02 September 2004</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has published a report revealing the top ten viruses and hoaxes causing problems for businesses around the world.</p>
<p>The report, compiled from Sophos's global network of monitoring stations, shows that the majority of the top ten most frequently encountered viruses have been around for months. Number one in the chart – Zafi-B – has held the top spot in the chart for the last three months.</p>
<p>The top ten viruses in August 2004, and the month they were first seen, were as follows:</p>
<p>1. W32/Zafi-B 47.4% June 04</p>
<p>2. W32/Netsky-P 18.0% March 04</p>
<p>3. W32/MyDoom-O 7.2% July 04</p>
<p>4. W32/Netsky-D 4.8% March 04</p>
<p>5. W32/Netsky-Z 3.9% April 04</p>
<p>6. W32/Bagle-AA 3.3% April 04</p>
<p>7. W32/Netsky-B 2.9% February 04</p>
<p>8. W32/Lovgate-V 1.9% April 04</p>
<p>9. W32/Netsky-Q 1.5% March 04</p>
<p>10. W32/Netsky-C 1.4% February 04</p>
<p>Others 7.7%</p>
<p>"Although we have seen a small, 10%, decline in reports of Zafi-B since last month, this email-aware worm doesn't look like it's going to fade into obscurity anytime soon," said Carole Theriault, security consultant at Sophos. "Protection against Zafi-B has been available for a couple of months now, and computer users need to get into the habit of updating their systems in a much more timely manner, or this nuisance will continue to dominate reports."</p>
<p>Sophos analysed and protected against 1,230 new viruses in August, the highest number of new viruses seen in one single month since December 2001. The total number of viruses Sophos now protects against is 93,875. Sophos figures show that over 9.3% of emails circulating during the month of August were viral.</p>
<p>"Despite more than 1,200 new viruses being detected in August, not one has made it into the chart this month. In fact, the entire top ten is made of viruses which have been doing the rounds for weeks if not months. A few pesky Netsky variants are still flying around, despite the arrest of the worm's alleged author a few months ago," continued Theriault.</p>
<p>The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during August are as follows:</p>
<p>1. Hotmail hoax 20.1%</p>
<p>2. Meninas da Playboy 9.7%</p>
<p>3. WTC Survivor 8.1%</p>
<p>4. Bonsai kitten 5.3%</p>
<p>5. Bogus US Bank email 3.5% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>6. Budweiser frogs screensaver 3.4%</p>
<p>7. A virtual card for you 3.1%</p>
<p>8. Spunkball 2.9%</p>
<p>9. Bill Gates fortune 2.6%</p>
<p>10. T-Virus 1.9% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>Others 39.4%</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:</p>
<p>Graphics of the above top ten virus chart are available at:</p>
<p>For more information about safe computing, including anti-hoax policies, please visit:</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>
Sean Richmond ( 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 (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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