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Top Ten Viruses & Hoaxes Reported To Sophos In September 2004

  • 01 October, 2004 11:18

<p>Zafi-B retains top slot for fourth consecutive month</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 Zafi-B and Netsky-P are number one and two in the chart for the third consecutive month.</p>
<p>The top ten viruses in September 2004, and the month they were first seen, were as follows:</p>
<p>1. W32/Zafi-B 30.5% June 04</p>
<p>2. W32/Netsky-P 26.7% March 04</p>
<p>3. W32/Netsky-D 6.1% March 04</p>
<p>4. W32/Netsky-Z 5.5% April 04</p>
<p>5. W32/Bagle-AA 3.8% April 04</p>
<p>6. W32/MyDoom-O 3.6% July 04</p>
<p>7. W32/Netsky-B 3.5% February 04</p>
<p>8. W32/Netsky-Q 2.7% March 04</p>
<p>9. W32/Lovgate-V 2.6% April 04</p>
<p>10. W32/Netsky-C 2.0% February 04</p>
<p>Others 13.0%</p>
<p>"Though W32/Zafi-B and W32/Netsky-P continue to distribute mails from computers which apparently have no anti-virus protection, Australian users are being more troubled by the large swag of Trojan programs distributed around the internet," said Sean Richmond, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos in Sydney. "Most Australian businesses appear to have good practices and protection in place and thus weather the storm of malicious email quite well, resulting in few actual infections."</p>
<p>Sophos analysed and protected against 1,150 new viruses in September. The total number of viruses Sophos now protects against is 95,025. Sophos figures show that over 6.6%, or one in 15 emails, circulating during the month of September were viral.</p>
<p>The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during September are as follows:</p>
<p>1. Hotmail hoax 29.8%</p>
<p>2. WTC Survivor 11.0%</p>
<p>3. Meninas da Playboy 6.8%</p>
<p>4. Bonsai kitten 4.4%</p>
<p>5. A virtual card for you 3.0%</p>
<p>6. Jamie Bulger 2.8% RE-ENTRY</p>
<p>7. Budweiser frogs screensaver 2.7%</p>
<p>8. Bill Gates fortune 2.0%</p>
<p>9. T-Virus 1.5%</p>
<p>10. Lottery winner 1.2% NEW ENTRY</p>
<p>Others 34.8%</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 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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