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Top Ten Viruses And Hoaxes Reported To Sophos In September 2003

  • 01 October, 2003 14:43

<p>Gibe-F reaches top spot by playing on security fears.</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Sydney, 1 October 2003.</p>
<p>This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down the ten most frequently reported viruses and hoaxes as compiled by Sophos, a global leader in anti-virus and anti-spam protection for businesses.</p>
<p>For September 2003, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently occurring virus at number one:</p>
<p>1. W32/Gibe-F (Gibe variant) 23.5% New Entry.</p>
<p>2. W32/Dumaru-A (Dumaru virus) 18.1%.</p>
<p>3. W32/Mimail-A (Mimail worm) 15.0%.</p>
<p>4. W32/Sobig-F (Sobig variant) 5.6%.</p>
<p>5. W32/Nachi-A (Nachi worm) 5.5%.</p>
<p>6. W32/Sobig-A (Sobig worm) 4.4%.</p>
<p>7. W32/Bugbear-B (Bugbear variant) 2.9%.</p>
<p>8= W32/Klez-H (Klez variant) 2.7% 20 months in chart.</p>
<p>8= W32/Blaster-A (Blaster worm) 2.7%.</p>
<p>10. W32/Parite-B (Parite variant) 1.3%.</p>
<p>Others 18.3%</p>
<p>Considering that Gibe F was the number one virus for this month, Paul Ducklin, Sophos’s Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, advises the following simple rules:</p>
<p>-- Block all executables sent by email.</p>
<p>-- Update your anti-virus regularly and frequently.</p>
<p>-- Watch out for bogus emails, especially alleged security patches.</p>
<p>Sophos analysed and protected against 715 new viruses in September. The total number it now protects against is 84,992.</p>
<p>The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during September are as follows:</p>
<p>1. Hotmail Hoax 21.5%.</p>
<p>2. WTC Survivor 14.9%.</p>
<p>3. JDBGMGR 10.4%.</p>
<p>4. Meninas da Playboy 8.0%.</p>
<p>5. Bonsai Kitten 3.7%.</p>
<p>6. Budweiser frogs screensaver 3.6%.</p>
<p>7. A virtual card for you 3.3%.</p>
<p>8. Frog in a blender/Fish in a bowl 3.0% .</p>
<p>9. Bill Gates Fortune 2.9%.</p>
<p>10. The missing dollar 2.2% New Entry.</p>
<p>Others 26.5%.</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:
www.sophos.com/safecomputing/.</p>
<p>ends</p>
<p>About Sophos.</p>
<p>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 four Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
<p>http://www.sophos.com.</p>
<p>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Paul Ducklin (duck@sophos.com) is available for comment:
+61 407 320 515 (mobile)
+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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