Klez still top virus, JDBGMGR knocked off perch by WTC Survivor
This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down
the ten most frequently occurring viruses and hoaxes as compiled by
Sophos, a global leader in anti-virus protection for
For March 2003, the virus chart is as follows, with the most
frequently occurring virus at number one:
"Klez continues to hang around like a bad smell - those hit by
it couldn't have updated their anti-virus protection in more than a
year. Now that it's possible to receive fully automated updates,
there's really no excuse. And though it's easy to protect against
Klez, it's a seriously nasty virus to recover from," said Graham
Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos Anti-Virus.
"Indicating the growing popularity of file sharing, this month's
highest new entry is Gibe, a worm which spreads via the KaZaA
network. Businesses need to have a long hard think about whether
these applications have a valid place on their networks."
Sophos detected 883 new viruses, worms and Trojan horses in
March. The total number it now protects against is 80,962.
The top ten hoaxes reported to Sophos during March 2003 are as