Sophos Anti-Virus urges users to remain cautious during the holiday period

December 21, 2000 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, is warning companies to be as suspicious during the holiday season as they would be at any other time of the year. Sending joke programs, screensavers, and electronic greetings cards increases the risk of virus infection at any time but can prove particularly dangerous during the holiday season. As the festive mood descends upon us, it becomes all too easy to let your guard slip and leave yourself open to attack.

"Organisations need to be aware that safe computing is a must all year round", said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "The holiday period can be especially risky and users need to stay alert to prevent virus infection."

Virus writers attempt to take advantage of seasonal goodwill by disguising their viruses as fun programs associated with the holiday season. Recent examples include the Navidad virus, named after the Spanish word for Christmas and the Music virus which attempts to play a festive song when it is run.

Sophos advises users to practice safe computing and to remain cautious of unsolicited attachments all year round.