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:
"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.
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.