Top Ten Viruses Reported to Sophos in March 2001

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sophos

    WAKEFIELD, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sophos, a world leader in
 corporate anti-virus solutions, today released the latest in a series of
 monthly charts counting down the ten most frequently occurring viruses.
     For March 2001, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently
 occurring virus at number one:
 
     1.  17.2%  W32/Apology-B  (Apology)
     2.  14.4%  VBS/Kakworm  (Kakworm)
     3.  10.3%  W32/Hybris-B  (Hybris)
     4=.  3.8%  VBS/Lovelet-AS (Love Bug)
     4=.  3.8%  W32/Magistr-A  (Magistr)
     6=.  3.4%  Troj/Jethome  (Jethome)
     6=.  3.4%  W32/Naked  (Naked Wife)
     8=.  3.1%  W32/Navidad-B  (Navidad)
     8=.  3.1%  WM97/Marker-C  (Marker)
     10.  2.4%  W32/Bymer-A  (Bymer)
 
     Others  35.1%
 
     "Despite some new viruses receiving a high profile in the media this month
 the top of the chart is dominated by some familiar faces," said Graham Cluley,
 senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus.  "It is astonishing that
 viruses that have been around for months -- or even years in the case of
 Kakworm -- are still costing companies money.  The message is simple -- keep
 your anti-virus software up-to-date and ensure you have installed the latest
 security patches."
     Notable new viruses in March included Magistr, Naked Wife and two new
 Linux viruses -- Lion and Lindose (aka the Winux virus).  March also saw the
 second anniversary of the Melissa virus, which was written and released by
 David L. Smith. Following high profile virus attacks at the start of the year
 Sophos published new versions of its safe computing guidelines, one aimed at
 network administrators and one with simple steps the everyday user can take.
     867 new viruses were discovered and protected against by Sophos during
 March 2001.
     The total number of viruses Sophos detects and protects against is 61,893.
     For more information about W32/Apology-B visit
 http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/w32apologyb.html
     Compiled by Sophos's technical support team, the top ten chart is collated
 from calls to the free 24 hour, 365 days a year technical support line from
 Sophos's customers and other people with virus problems.
     Graphics of the above Top Ten chart are available at
 http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/imggallery/topten/
     Sophos's safe computing guidelines for users and network administrators
 can be downloaded at http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/articles/safehex.html
 
     About Sophos
     Sophos is one of the world's largest specialist developers of anti-virus
 software. The products are sold and supported through a global network of
 subsidiaries and partners in more than 120 countries. Sophos Anti-Virus is
 widely used by large corporations, banks, governments and academic
 institutions.
     For further information, contact Sophos at 50-S Audubon Road, Wakefield,
 MA 01880, telephone: 1-888-SOPHOS-9, fax: 781-213-5466 or visit the Sophos Web
 site at www.sophos.com.
     Note: Sophos offers journalists a free Sophos Anti-Virus subscription. For
 more information, contact Joanne Hogue at 410-273-0541.
 
 

SOURCE Sophos
    WAKEFIELD, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sophos, a world leader in
 corporate anti-virus solutions, today released the latest in a series of
 monthly charts counting down the ten most frequently occurring viruses.
     For March 2001, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently
 occurring virus at number one:
 
     1.  17.2%  W32/Apology-B  (Apology)
     2.  14.4%  VBS/Kakworm  (Kakworm)
     3.  10.3%  W32/Hybris-B  (Hybris)
     4=.  3.8%  VBS/Lovelet-AS (Love Bug)
     4=.  3.8%  W32/Magistr-A  (Magistr)
     6=.  3.4%  Troj/Jethome  (Jethome)
     6=.  3.4%  W32/Naked  (Naked Wife)
     8=.  3.1%  W32/Navidad-B  (Navidad)
     8=.  3.1%  WM97/Marker-C  (Marker)
     10.  2.4%  W32/Bymer-A  (Bymer)
 
     Others  35.1%
 
     "Despite some new viruses receiving a high profile in the media this month
 the top of the chart is dominated by some familiar faces," said Graham Cluley,
 senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus.  "It is astonishing that
 viruses that have been around for months -- or even years in the case of
 Kakworm -- are still costing companies money.  The message is simple -- keep
 your anti-virus software up-to-date and ensure you have installed the latest
 security patches."
     Notable new viruses in March included Magistr, Naked Wife and two new
 Linux viruses -- Lion and Lindose (aka the Winux virus).  March also saw the
 second anniversary of the Melissa virus, which was written and released by
 David L. Smith. Following high profile virus attacks at the start of the year
 Sophos published new versions of its safe computing guidelines, one aimed at
 network administrators and one with simple steps the everyday user can take.
     867 new viruses were discovered and protected against by Sophos during
 March 2001.
     The total number of viruses Sophos detects and protects against is 61,893.
     For more information about W32/Apology-B visit
 http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/w32apologyb.html
     Compiled by Sophos's technical support team, the top ten chart is collated
 from calls to the free 24 hour, 365 days a year technical support line from
 Sophos's customers and other people with virus problems.
     Graphics of the above Top Ten chart are available at
 http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/imggallery/topten/
     Sophos's safe computing guidelines for users and network administrators
 can be downloaded at http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/articles/safehex.html
 
     About Sophos
     Sophos is one of the world's largest specialist developers of anti-virus
 software. The products are sold and supported through a global network of
 subsidiaries and partners in more than 120 countries. Sophos Anti-Virus is
 widely used by large corporations, banks, governments and academic
 institutions.
     For further information, contact Sophos at 50-S Audubon Road, Wakefield,
 MA 01880, telephone: 1-888-SOPHOS-9, fax: 781-213-5466 or visit the Sophos Web
 site at www.sophos.com.
     Note: Sophos offers journalists a free Sophos Anti-Virus subscription. For
 more information, contact Joanne Hogue at 410-273-0541.
 
 SOURCE  Sophos