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Top Ten Viruses and Hoaxes Reported To Sophos In May 2004

  • 02 June, 2004 08:52

<p>Sasser worm dominates virus reports; number of new viruses hits two and a half year high.</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 May 2004, shows the Sasser worm dominating the chart, accounting for more than half the reports received by Sophos.</p>
<p>The top ten viruses in May 2004 were as follows:</p>
<p>1. W32/Sasser 51.1% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>2. W32/Netsky-P 11.7%</p>
<p>3. W32/Netsky-B 4.1%</p>
<p>4. W32/Netsky-D 3.8%</p>
<p>5. W32/Netsky-Z 3.4%</p>
<p>6. W32/Netsky-Q 2.4%</p>
<p>7. W32/Netsky-C 2.1%</p>
<p>8. W32/Sober-G 1.5% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>9. W32/Bagle-AA 0.8% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>10. W32/Lovgate-V 0.7% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>Others 18.4%</p>
<p>"The fact that the Sasser worm accounted for more than 50 per cent of all reports this month may indicate that the recent spate of email worms has instilled too much trust in email-only solutions," said Sean Richmond, Sophos’s Technical Support Manager for Australia and New Zealand. "Sasser spreads by taking advantage of a recently-discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability and requires no user intervention. This month's top ten comes as a reminder that anti-virus solutions need to be deployed as part of a consolidated defence including firewalls, policies to update operating systems and staff education."</p>
<p>Sophos analysed and protected against 959 new viruses in May. This is the highest number of new viruses in a month since December 2001. The total number of viruses Sophos now protects against is 90,811.</p>
<p>"May has seen several arrests of cybercriminals around the world, including Sven Jaschan, the German teenager who has owned up to writing Sasser and Netsky. But with the number of new viruses at a 30-month high, it appears that the results of the arrests on the underground are yet to be seen," said Richmond.</p>
<p>The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during May are as follows:</p>
<p>1. Hotmail hoax 13.5% TENTH MONTH AT NUMBER ONE</p>
<p>2. Meninas da Playboy 11.0%</p>
<p>3. Bill Gates fortune 6.6%</p>
<p>4. Bonsai kitten 6.2%</p>
<p>5. A virtual card for you 5.0%</p>
<p>6. Budweiser frogs screensaver 4.9%</p>
<p>7. JDBGMGR 4.0%</p>
<p>8. WTC Survivor 3.9%</p>
<p>9. Jamie Bulger 3.3%</p>
<p>10. Spunkball 2.2% 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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