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
"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.