Top ten viruses reported to Sophos in November 2000

Sophos Press Release

This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down the ten most frequently occurring viruses as compiled by Sophos, the world leaders in corporate anti-virus protection.

For November 2000, the chart is as follows, with the most frequently occurring virus at number one:

Position Last
month
Malware Percentage of reports
11W32/Apology-B
   20.4%
2=NewW32/Navidad
   14.6%
2=3VBS/Kakworm
   14.6%
46VBS/LoveLet-G
   4.8%
52VBS/LoveLet-AS
   4.1%
69=W32/Flcss
   2.9%
74W32/Qaz
   2.6%
85XM97/Jini-B
   2.2%
9Re-entryW32/Ska-Happy99
   1.8%
108W32/Pretty
   1.7%
Others30.3%

"Apology retained the top position but the Christmas virus Navidad rocketed into the number two slot," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus. "However, it really shouldn't have done. The message not to open unsolicited email attachments still needs to be pushed home."

As Christmas approaches, other seasonal viruses have started to appear including W32/Music which masquerades as a Christmas tune program and also features an auto update feature allowing it to change its functionality by connecting to the author's website. Sophos warns users not to drop their guard over the festive season.

More information about W32/Apology-B.

More information about W32/Navidad.

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 here.

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