This is the latest in a series of monthly charts counting down
the ten most frequently occurring viruses as compiled by Sophos, a
world leader in corporate anti-virus protection.
For December 2001, the chart is as follows, with the most
frequently occurring virus at number one:
dominated the figures for December 2001, accounting for 9 out of
every 10 viruses reported to Sophos last month, and becoming one of
the most widespread worms of the year," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus. "End of term fever may
have hit businesses as users let down their guard. Once again this
outbreak proves that users need to think before they double-click
on unsolicited email attachments and ensure their anti-virus is
1256 new viruses were discovered and protected against by Sophos
Anti-Virus during December 2001.
The total number of viruses Sophos now detects and protects
against is 71,192.
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Graphics of the above Top Ten chart are available here.
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.