Top ten viruses reported to Sophos in May 2000

June 01, 2000 Sophos Press Release

As compiled by Sophos Anti-Virus

This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down the ten most frequently occurring viruses as compiled by Sophos, worldwide leaders in anti-virus protection.

For May 2000, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently occurring virus at number one:

Position Last
month
Malware Percentage of reports
1NewVBS/LoveLet
   36.7%
21VBS/Kakworm
   18.8%
32W32/Pretty
   6.4%
47=W32/Ska-Happy99
   3.4%
5Re-entryWM97/Marker-A
   2.3%
63WM97/Marker-O
   1.8%
7Re-entryTroj/Mine
   1.4%
87=WM97/Proverb-A
   1.4%
9Re-entryWM97/Melissa
   1.4%
10NewVBS/Netlog
   1.3%
Others25.1%

"These figures reflect the enormous impact VBS/LoveLet, also known as the LoveBug worm, had on computer systems worldwide," said Graham Cluley, head of corporate communications for Sophos Anti-Virus. "However it can be seen that other viruses also represent a significant risk. Companies should be careful not to lower their guard when viruses disappear from the newspaper headlines."

More details on the VBS/LoveLet virus are available here.

Compiled by Sophos's technical support team, the top ten chart is collated from calls to Sophos's 24 hour, 365 days a year technical support line.

Graphics of the above Top Ten chart are available here.