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December 2004

A Brazilian programmer has published source code for the latest Symbian mobile phone viruses on his website.

29 Dec 2004

Sophos has published its latest report into the countries from which most spam messages originate.

24 Dec 2004

Sophos, a global leader in policy-based network security software for viruses and spam, announced that Sophos PureMessage received high marks and is listed among the leading solution providers in META Group's recently published "E-Mail Hygiene Vendor Comparison" report.

24 Dec 2004

PureMessage listed as the "clear king of email policy".

23 Dec 2004

If you are a licensed user of Sophos products, Sophos will support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

22 Dec 2004

A US District Judge has refused to accept a guilty plea from Jason Smathers, the former AOL employee, suspected of having stolen 92 million email addresses from the ISP and sell their details onto spammers.

22 Dec 2004

The Santy internet worm is defacing web bulletin boards running phpBB.

21 Dec 2004

A 24-year-old former AOL employee, who is suspected of stealing a list of 92 million email addresses of the ISP's customers and selling it to spammers for more than $100,000, is reported to have agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors.

21 Dec 2004

A 16-year-old British youth has received a six month sentence for his part in distributing a computer worm.

20 Dec 2004

A federal judge in the United States has awarded an internet service provider over $1 billion in what is said to be the largest ever judgement against spammers.

20 Dec 2004

German police arrest suspected phishing Trojan horse gang.

17 Dec 2004

As the Zafi-D worm reduces in prevalence, Sophos warns of other viruses which may exploit the holiday season.

17 Dec 2004

Sophos advises users not to send seasonal greetings via words, rather than snazzy HTML, JPG, EXE or screensaver files.

16 Dec 2004

The Zafi-D worm is accounting for 75% of all virus reports in the last 24 hours.

15 Dec 2004

Microsoft has issued a batch of security fixes for users of Microsoft Windows. The software company has rated the patches as "important" (its second highest level of severity), and recommended that affected customers apply the updates at the "earliest possible opportunity".

15 Dec 2004

The W32/Zafi-D worm spreads in the form of a seasonal Christmas greeting.

14 Dec 2004

Sophos, a global leader in anti-virus, anti-spam and policy-based network security, announces today that the editors of TechTarget's Information Security and TheInfoPro (TIP) have awarded Sophos Anti-Virus the gold award in the Anti-virus/Anti-worm category in the 2004 "Products of the Year" Awards.

14 Dec 2004

Computer security specialist Sophos is warning those who receive new computers this Christmas to take time to ensure that their PCs are secured before connecting to the internet.

14 Dec 2004

Three new variants of the Cabir bluetooth smartphone virus have been discovered.

13 Dec 2004

A Philadelphia radio reporter has quit her job after leaving an angry voicemail with an online lobbying group she believed were spamming her.

13 Dec 2004

Sophos, a leader in computer virus and spam protection for businesses, today announced a significant new investment in its Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) subsidiary.

10 Dec 2004

The Maslan-C worm is designed to attack websites run by Chechen rebels.

09 Dec 2004

A Trojan horse has been distributed via email, posing as a controversial screensaver which attacks spammers' websites.

08 Dec 2004

Sophos annual threat report identifies latest trends in viruses and spam as number of new viruses discovered increases by over 50%

08 Dec 2004

In the last week, Lycos Europe made available for download a screensaver named "Make Love Not Spam" which controversially attempted to hit back at websites owned by spammers by generating internet traffic.

03 Dec 2004

Microsoft has issued a patch for Internet Explorer which reportedly fixes the vulnerability exploited by the Bofra worm.

02 Dec 2004

Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus, anti-spam and policy-based network security, has announced that it has entered PureMessage for two SC Magazine's Readers Trust Awards - 'Best Email Security' and 'Best Anti-Spam Solution'.

02 Dec 2004

Microsoft has filed seven law suits against hackers who allegedly used innocent third-party PCs to send sexually explicit spam messages that violated rules set down by the USA's CAN-SPAM act and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

02 Dec 2004

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has published a report revealing the top ten viruses and hoaxes causing problems for businesses around the world during the month of November.

01 Dec 2004

Sophos, a global leader in anti-virus, anti-spam and policy-based network security, today announced that Richard Jacobs, Chief Technology Officer, will participate in the E-Gov Information Assurance conference, in a session, titled "Combating spam, viruses, and emerging online threats".

01 Dec 2004