As compiled by Sophos Anti-Virus
This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down the ten most
frequently occurring viruses as compiled by Sophos, worldwide
leaders in anti-virus protection.
For March 2000, the chart is as follows, with the most
frequently occurring virus at number one:
"Word macro viruses continue to dominate most of the chart, but
this month has seen a resurgence in popularity for a file virus
which honours the cartoon series South Park," comments Graham
Cluley, head of corporate communications for Sophos Anti-Virus.
"W32/Pretty is a worm that spreads via internet relay chat (IRC)
and email. Users are receiving emails with an icon of Kyle from
South Park and assuming the attached program is a harmless game. In
fact, the icon masks the W32/Pretty virus."
More details on the W32/Pretty virus (and a snapshot of Kyle)
are available from W32/Pretty virus analysis
Compiled by Sophos's technical support team, the top ten chart
is collated from calls to Sophos's 24 hour, 365 days a year
technical support line.
Graphics of the above Top Ten chart are available at Sophos Image gallery.