Top ten viruses and hoaxes reported to Sophos in August 2002

September 02, 2002 Sophos Press Release

For August 2002, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently occurring virus at number one:

Position Last
month
Malware Percentage of reports
11W32/Klez-H
   17.0%
2=3W32/Yaha-E
   6.4%
2=Re-entryJS/NoClose
   6.4%
44W32/Badtrans-B
   5.3%
55W32/ElKern-C
   5.1%
6NewW32/Higuy-A
   2.7%
7NewW32/Datom-A
   2.4%
86W32/Magistr-B
   2.1%
9Re-entryW32/Sircam-A
   1.9%
10Re-entryW32/Nimda-D
   1.6%
Others49.1%

"Only two viruses in August's top ten are brand new entries. Instead, the chart is full of old stalwarts such as Klez-H, Badtrans-B, Sircam and Nimda," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus. "Klez-H and its nasty bedfellow ElKern-C, have accounted for almost a quarter of enquiries to Sophos's support centre this month, even though protection has been available since February. Users getting caught out by them appear not to have updated their anti-virus software in six months. With hundreds of new viruses appearing each month, this lax approach is just asking for a security breach."

The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during August 2002 are as follows:

"Hoaxes continue to cause almost as much confusion as real viruses. The multi-lingual JDBGMGR hoax, which claimed to be an extremely dangerous virus, has been perplexing computer users ever since it first appeared in May," continued Cluley. "Simple to implement anti-hoax policies can help limit this confusion and will prevent hoaxes from needlessly clogging up email servers and wasting valuable bandwidth."

Sophos has made available a free, always-fresh, information feed for intranets and websites which means users can always find out about the latest viruses and hottest hoaxes.

Graphics of the virus top ten chart are available here.

More information about safe computing, including anti-hoax policies.

Position Hoax Percentage of reports
1JDBGMGR

 14.0%
2Budweiser frogs screensaver

 6.9%
3A virtual card for you

 6.2%
4Hotmail hoax

 6.0%
5Nigerian letter

 5.9%
6Bill Gates fortune

 3.9%
7Frog in a blender/Fish in a bowl

 3.7%
8JS/Exploit

 2.7%
9Meninas da Playboy

 2.4%
10Mobile phone hoax

 2.3%
Others45.8%