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Top Ten Viruses and Hoaxes Reported To Sophos in November 2003

  • 01 December, 2003 08:50

<p>~Mimail takes five chart places.</p>
Sydney, 1 December 2003.</p>
<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has revealed the top ten viruses and hoaxes causing problems for businesses around the world.</p>
<p>The top ten viruses in November 2003 were as follows:</p>
<p>1. W32/Sober-A (Sober worm) 32.6% New entry</p>
<p>2= W32/Mimail-C (Mimail variant) 9.5%</p>
<p>2= W32/Mimail-F (Mimail variant) 9.5%</p>
<p>4. W32/Dumaru-A (Dumaru virus) 8.0%</p>
<p>5. W32/Mimail-A (Mimail worm) 5.1%</p>
<p>6. W32/Gibe-F (Gibe variant) 4.5%</p>
<p>7. W32/Nachi-A (Nachi worm) 2.6%</p>
<p>8. W32/Mimail-J (Mimail variant) 2.4%</p>
<p>9. W32/Klez-H (Klez variant) 2.2% 22 months in chart</p>
<p>10. W32/Mimail-E (Mimail variant) 1.5%</p>
<p>Others 22.1%</p>
<p>"Although the bilingual Sober worm has resulted in the largest number of virus reports globally, Australian users do not seem to have fallen for the poorly worded enticements, resulting in very few infections being reported," said Sean Richmond, Sophos’s Technical Support Manager for Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>"The Mimail worms continue to plague computer users with several different tricks, even attempting to steal credit card details from Paypal account holders, resulting in five of the variants appearing in the top ten," added Richmond. "Although not appearing in the Top Ten, Mimail-I is arriving regularly in mailboxes, along with older worms Gibe-F and Dumaru-A which make an unwelcome return.”</p>
<p>Sophos analysed and protected against 724 new viruses in November.</p>
<p>The total number it now protects against is 86,081.</p>
<p>The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during November are as follows:</p>
<p>1. Hotmail hoax 31.3%</p>
<p>2. Meninas da Playboy 12.7%</p>
<p>3. Bonsai Kitten 6.2%</p>
<p>4. Budweiser frogs screensaver 4.7%</p>
<p>5. JDBGMGR 4.0%</p>
<p>6. A virtual card for you 3.8%</p>
<p>7. Bill Gates Fortune 3.0%</p>
<p>8. Frog in a blender/Fish in a bowl 2.9%</p>
<p>9. WTC Survivor 2.3%</p>
<p>10. Do not push 90# 1.8% New entry</p>
<p>Others 27.3%</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>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>
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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