This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down
the ten most frequently occurring viruses as compiled by Sophos, a
world leader in corporate anti-virus protection.
For August 2001, the chart is as follows, with the most
frequently occurring virus at number one:
worm has now topped the charts for two months. The Magistr worm, which has
dominated the charts for half a year, is continuing to make its
presence felt in second place," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "Both worms play a
similar trick - neither of the viruses use a standard filename or
subject line so it is harder for users to know what to look out
for. Careless clicking can lead to catastrophe - keep your
anti-virus software up to date and do not open unsolicited
1051 new viruses were discovered and protected against by Sophos
Anti-Virus during August 2001.
The total number of viruses Sophos now detects and protects
against is 67221.
about safe computing.
Graphics of the above Top Ten chart 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.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.