Sophos urges users to remain vigilant during festivities

Dezember 18, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, is advising users not to let their guard slip as the holiday season approaches. Sending joke programs, screensavers and electronic greetings cards is a risky activity at any time of year, but in the midst of the celebrations it can be all too easy to become complacent.

"Businesses should remain alert to the virus threat every day of the year," said Peter Cooper, UK Head of Technical Support at Sophos Anti-Virus. "Viruses themselves pose no greater risk during the holiday season than at any other time, but during the festivities users must not forget to remain vigilant."

Virus authors attempt to exploit festive goodwill by disguising their malicious programs as something entertaining or amusing. Some examples include the Navidad virus, taken from the Spanish word for Christmas, and the Grate-B worm which carries the subject line "Merry Christmas!!!"

Sophos is advising users to practise safe computing and to be cautious of all email attachments to protect themselves against virus attack throughout the year.