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Top Ten Viruses & Hoaxes Reported to Sophos in January 2005

  • 02 February, 2005 11:50

<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 during the month of January 2005.</p>
<p>The report, compiled from Sophos's global network of monitoring stations, shows that Zafi-D, which appeared at the end of 2004, maintains its position at the top of the chart for a second consecutive month.</p>
<p>The top ten viruses in January 2005 were as follows:</p>
2. W32/Netsky-P 19.4%
3. W32/Zafi-B 10.1%
4. W32/Sober-I 6.3%
5. W32/Netsky-D 3.2%
6. W32/Netsky-Z 3.1%
7. W32/Bagle-AA 2.1%
8. W32/Netsky-B 1.9%
9. W32/MyDoom-O 1.2%
10. W32/Netsky-C 1.1%</p>
<p>Others 7.6%</p>
<p>“It is disappointing to note that January's top-ten entries have all been stoppable for at least six weeks,” said Sean Richmond, Sophos’s Senior Technical Consultant for Australia and New Zealand. “And, while most of the entries are more than six months old they are still polluting the email streams of thousands of internet users."</p>
<p>"Zafi-D, which on the surface appears to be a Christmas greeting, seems to be tricking people as they return to work and is responsible for almost half of all reports. It would be far nicer for users to get back to work and find that these threats had been weeded out at the gateway level so they could get on and have a Happy New Year,” Richmond said.</p>
<p>With Sophos research showing that more than 4.3%, or one in 23 emails, circulating during the month of January were viral, Richmond suggests that some users might consider adopting New Year's resolutions along the lines of 'I will not double-click on random executable attachments' or 'This year I'll keep my anti-virus software up to date!'</p>
<p>"Keeping security software current is not an arduous task with automatic updating technology readily available,” Richmond said. “This allows desktops to be protected from less 'noisy' viruses and worms such as the seemingly endless rbot and sdbot variants that sneak across network shares rather than rely on email to spread."</p>
<p>Sophos analysed and protected against 1,329 new viruses in January. The total number of viruses Sophos now protects against is 99,829.</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>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading computer security specialist, developing anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and produces solutions tailored for businesses of all sizes – from small enterprises to global corporations. 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 and protect more than 25 million users.</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 (mob)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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