China crisis: computer viruses rampant says survey

October 21, 2003 Sophos Press Release

A survey conducted by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security shows that approximately 85% of computers in the country were infected with a virus this year.

The official figures reflect the huge popularity of the internet in China, with in excess of 68 million surfers, as more and more viruses spread themselves via email and the internet. This is in spite of many viruses continuing to tempt users to double-click on their attachments using English language.

According to the report, as many as a third of China's computers may have been hit by the W32/Sobig-F worm, which struck in August

"Computer viruses are oblivious to national boundaries," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Wherever you are in the world, you should ensure your computer is running the latest anti-virus protection, and is properly protected by security patches and a robust firewall. Connecting yourself to the internet anywhere in the world may be opening you up to attack, so always remain security-savvy."

Sophos is doing its part to increase user education about security threats in China. This week it is exhibiting at the Infosecurity China show in Beijing, sharing information about safe computing and how businesses can best protect themselves from virus attack.