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 June 2000, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently
occurring virus at number one:
"Although the Life Stages worm proved prevalent in June, the
Kakworm continues to be the most commonly encountered virus
worldwide," said Graham Cluley, head of corporate communications
for Sophos Anti-Virus. "The tragedy is that Microsoft released a
patch to protect against Kakworm last year - clearly a lot of
people have still not bothered to implement it."
VBS/Kakworm exploits security vulnerabilities in Microsoft
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook which mean it is possible
to be infected just by reading an email, rather than by launching
an attached file.
More details on VBS/Kakworm and how to protect against it are
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.