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Swash virus more of a washout, advises Sophos

  • 27 October, 2004 15:53

<p>Sophos is advising users not to be alarmed if they hear mention of a new Windows email virus known as "Swash", or "Swash-A. It is easy to overreact when a virus appears sporting a brand new name and a variant letter of "-A", not least because the virus may sound newer than it really is.</p>
<p>Sophos advises that this "new" virus falls more naturally into the Mydoom family and should easily be recognisable as such. Sophos Anti-Virus, for example, has been capable of detecting this new variant for more than two months without the need for updates, using predictive technology built into the product.</p>
<p>"New viruses are not automatically a problem in their own right," explains Paul Ducklin, Head of Technology, Asia Pacific for Sophos. "On the other hand, minor variants of old viruses may display quite different behaviour to their progenitors. Prevention is always better than cure, and the arrival of a newly-named virus doesn't always mean the arrival of an undetectable threat."</p>
<p>Further information on the new Swash/Mydoom strain, which has been labelled W32/MyDoom-AG by Sophos, can be found at:</p>
Paul Ducklin ( is available for comment:
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 407 320 515 (mob)
+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)</p>

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