Top ten viruses reported to Sophos in December 2001

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, 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:

Position Last
month
Malware Percentage of reports
11W32/Badtrans-B
   92.4%
2NewW32/Goner-A
   1.0%
33W32/Magistr-B
   0.9%
45W32/Sircam-A
   0.7%
56W32/Magistr-A
   0.5%
67W32/Hybris-B
   0.3%
7=2W32/Nimda-A
   0.2%
7=NewW32/Sheer-A
   0.2%
7=4W32/Nimda-D
   0.2%
7=Re-entryW32/Apology-B
   0.2%
Others3.4%

"Badtrans 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 kept up-to-date".

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.

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