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Write Her a Christmas Sonnet, Says Sophos

  • 16 December, 2004 12:18

<p>The glitter has already been stripped from snazzy Christmas email messages by this week's Zafi-D virus, warns Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam. The latest variant in the Zafi family, which seems to originate from Hungary, sends emails with attachments which contain a Christmas surprise of a most unsatisfactory sort.</p>
<p>"Email offers a range of funky digital ways to pass on your best wishes," says Paul Ducklin, Head of Technology, Asia Pacific for Sophos. "But you can be as polite, incisive, witty, humble, risque, funky, caring – you name it – in words as you can in any number of HTML, JPG, EXE or SCR files." Ducklin is challenging Aussies to be daring this Christmas, and to send their email greetings in plain text.</p>
<p>"If anyone tells you that you're being an old-timer," suggests Ducklin, "just tell them that ASCII is the new binary and raise your eyebrows knowingly. With the right fashion pressure, we can put HTML email out to pasture by early 2005."</p>
<p>Notes for Editors:</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>
Paul Ducklin ( is available for comment:
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 407 320 515 (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)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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