Sophos supports new cybercrime unit

January 17, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has pledged assistance to a new cybercrime unit created in Virginia by U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty. Concentrating on crimes in Virginia's Eastern District, the unit will consist of six federal prosecutors with Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Hanly leading the way. Investigations will cover a wide range of crimes, including computer intrusions, virus and worm proliferation, web vandalism, and Internet and computer fraud.

In order to aid the new cybercrime unit, Sophos is willing to provide information in all areas of the company's expertise, including leads on new viruses, how widespread they are, who might have created them, and where they might have originated from.

"Cybercrimes are a serious problem that should not be overlooked, and Sophos is happy to see government agencies taking a stand,"said David Hughes, president of Sophos Americas. "If Sophos can assist in protecting top secret, business, or personal information, we are glad to lend a hand."

Sophos is one of the world's largest developers of anti-virus software. The products are sold and supported through a global network of subsidiaries and partners in more than 150 countries. Sophos Anti-Virus is widely used by large corporations, banks, governments and academic institutions.